New smartphone apps automatically call in an emergency

Motorcycles have already become the most popular mode of personal transportation for many, especially in Asian countries like here in the Philippines. Unfortunately, though, that also meant that a lot of motorcycle users could be involved in an accident.

During these emergency situations, the average time of response from an emergency response team is more than 5 minutes, which is very long.

With the help of technology, the emergency personnel’s average response time could be shortened and thus increasing the chances of survival for those who were involved in a motorcycle accident.

This new app could save you in the event of a crash image

This is where Bosch’s connected emergency call solution comes in. Help Connect accesses the sensors in the user’s smartphone and other connected devices and uses an intelligent crash algorithm to automatically detect accidents. In the event of an emergency, the app alerts the emergency services via the Help Connect emergency call center and immediately directs them to the scene of the accident. This saves time, and potentially also lives. Two apps are now available for cyclists and motorcyclists and thus for several hundred thousand users: the COBI.Bike app from Bosch eBike Systems and the calimoto app for motorcycle navigation.

“Bosch is working flat out to integrate its emergency call solution into other products, including those of partners. We are leveraging the internet of things and algorithms and using Help Connect to turn connected devices into personal lifesavers in all circumstances – whether on the road, during sports, or at home,” said Bosch CEO, Dr. Volkmar Denner.

Help Connect combines automatic accident detection, emergency call function, and personal emergency response system. In COBI.Bike and calimoto, for example, the crash algorithm evaluates smartphone sensor data about speed, acceleration, and rotation. Most of the smartphones commercially available today feature such sensors. The apps must be activated during the journey and the device must be attached to the handlebars. Help Connect works on all Android devices with version 6 or higher and all iOS smartphones with version 11 or higher.

In the event of an accident, the solution uses the smartphone’s mobile data connection to transmit the current location, the severity of the impact and, depending on the app, optionally stored health data to a Help Connect 24/7 emergency call center. From the call center, specially trained emergency agents attempt to make contact with the person involved in the accident. Communication takes place in German or English, even in other European countries. If the person does not react and the sensor data indicate a serious fall, the emergency services are notified immediately. Likewise, relatives and friends are optionally informed. An emergency call can also be triggered manually at any time.

For motorcyclists, Bosch has also developed an accident detection that is permanently installed in the vehicle. Here, Help Connect uses the inertial measurement unit integrated into the Bosch motorcycle stability control (MSC). Via Bluetooth, it connects to the corresponding partner app and then transmits the data to the Help Connect emergency call center, just as with the smartphone-based solution.

Bosch currently provides the Help Connect service for users with a German SIM card in eleven European countries. Let’s just hope that soon, apps like these will also become available here in the Philippines.