Aug 4, 2016
Strava, the fitness social network which allows folks to make and maintain connections while working on being healthier, is adding an interesting feature which should allow its users to feel safer.
Named “Beacon,” the new feature is available for Premium subscribers, and allows users to share location information with select contacts.
Directly from the informational:
Beacon is an easy-to-use in-app experience. Athletes can access and set up this feature via the new Beacon icon on the record screen. After enabling Beacon, athletes can select up to three safety contacts, who will receive a text message with a unique URL when the activity begins. Safety contacts can click the URL to track the athlete on a map in real time, as well as view the athlete’s remaining battery power. Contacts do not need a Strava account to view real-time information. Beacon also saves contact settings, allowing athletes to use Beacon during future activities with one tap.
Strava Product Chief Aaron Forth talks about the value of the new feature. “Every athlete wants to be safe, and we felt we could help,” he says. “We’re so proud to introduce Beacon, not only because our community and their loved ones have been asking for it, but also because Beacon adds a new dimension to Strava Premium. Whether you are training regularly, commuting back and forth, or heading out for the occasional workout, all types of athletes will find Beacon valuable.”
Strava remains free on Google Play; the premium subset can be unlocked from within.