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App developer chooses to shout against road carnage

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An accident scene: The new app allows reporting of reckless driving and police officers taking bribes, among other services aimed at reducing the number of road crashes. Photo/File

An accident scene: The new app allows reporting of reckless driving and police officers taking bribes, among other services aimed at reducing the number of road crashes. Photo/File 

By FRANKLINE SUNDAY

Posted  Wednesday, May 23   2012 at  17:55

You can now shout against road accidents that are increasing by the day, thanks to technology.

The bulk of the crashes that have left families in pain, maimed so many, and led to loss of key talent, has been blamed on human error— and they are a voidable.

A software developer Thomas Kioko is one of the people doing something about the tragedy and the accompanying losses.

Mr Kioko has come up with an application that helps users to reduce the chances of accidents that arise from human error.

Nduru,’ the Kiswahili word for “scream” allows users to report accidents and situations that are likely to cause a crash.

People carrying enabled gadgets can download the app and report unroadworthy vehicles, traffic police officers taking bribes and reckless drivers.

It is also possible to have an interactive tutorial on providing first aid at the scene of a crash.

The app is primarily an information tool and once installed, users have at their disposal a portal with information like emergency numbers, blackspots and the hospitals near an accident scene.

“It occurred to us that emergency vehicles like ambulances and fire engines have their hotlines indicated on the vehicle but few users take notice of this,” Mr Kioko, says.

“Once the user downloads the app, he will have a map with an updated index of the health facilities around the area they are travelling in and the hospitals that are closest to their location,” he says.

The selling point of the app, however, is the fact that it can be used to not only manage accident emergencies but also prevent the occurrence of crashes.

“If the user witnesses a traffic violation that could lead to an accident, he can file a complaint immediately and the same can be received by traffic police in real time,” he says.

“If for example you witness a car that’s driven carelessly, you can log onto the app where you can fill in details like the number plate of the car, the route and a brief description of the violation.”

This is, however, limited to public service and government vehicles which are simpler to map and track compared to private vehicles.

In addition, the application helps motorists to act as whistle blowers to fight corruption on the roads, which often leads to traffic violators walking away scot-free even when they commit serious traffic offences.

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