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Offline BlueDragon

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Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« on: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 07:06 pm »
Just thought I would mention this, though I would think that many fellow riders may have already thought of it.  But being that I don't ride in a group and tend to either ride alone or with the wife as passenger, I thought I would bring up personal safety in the event of an accident.

Not sure what others do, but being that I have an iPhone I turn on location services and then turn on share my location and share my location with a family member.  They can see exactly where I am at all times during the ride.  Granted it doesn't work when we are out of mobile service - but that is only on very rare spots along the mountains and the family member knows where we are going and the roads we intend to take.

So at least in the event of a breakdown or accident etc, they can see where I/we are.

keeping in mind that family members do worry at times when we are all out riding, it brings a bit of re-assurance to them, that we are OK.

I don't know if android based phones have the same feature or not, I would think that they would have something similar?

Just thought I would mention this in case someone might be interested.

Whilst it would be nice to have a GPS tracker on the bike - I think this is the next best option and doesn't really cost anything.

I have my phone mounted on the handlebars running maps or a gps speedo, so it is also constantly on charge with the USB cable as well.  So if something bad happens and I am off the bike, the phone will still keep going in regards to being able to tell family members where I am.

Anyway, I hope that someone might find this useful.
« Last Edit: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 11:32 pm by gsxbarmy »

Offline Beaker

Re: Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 20 September 2019, 03:50 pm »
Great idea sharing that - you can do similar with Android by selecting opening Google Maps and selecting Location Sharing.

I know of a few adventure riders who have those Spot GPS trackers but they charge you a fairly hefty subscription fee.

Another app to download is What3Words - brilliant for finding an address or at worst, a rider down. The app has divided the surface of the planet up into 3 metre squares & provides a 3 word address for every square - easier than GPS co-ords - the pommy emergency services use it for locating people. 

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Re: Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 20 September 2019, 04:13 pm »
I think I do as many if not more rides on my own as I do with mates..
One mate in particular is such a bloody nutter on blind bends that I prefer not to be in his company!
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Offline Tony Nitrous

Re: Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« Reply #3 on: Friday, 20 September 2019, 05:38 pm »
I do the same with my iPhone-8 and I’m happy to have my wife keep an eye on where I am and that I’m safe.

Downside is there are a lot of places without phone reception or a signal in Qld.
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Re: Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« Reply #4 on: Friday, 20 September 2019, 06:42 pm »
The question would be Tony, can she get GPS speed info as well?   :rofl2:
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Re: Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« Reply #5 on: Saturday, 21 September 2019, 01:43 am »
Same here - Android Google maps location sharing. Works pretty well to me.

I know, there is devices ment for this, but those are for areass, where mobile network is missing.
for example: http://allroadendurotouring.com/allroad-riding-gear-apparel/motorcycle-helmet-headset-wireless-rider-to-rider-communication-intercom/spot-gen3-satellite-gps-messenger-online-tracking-emergency-communication-sos-device/


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Re: Safety when riding alone - location tracking
« Reply #6 on: Saturday, 21 September 2019, 09:12 pm »
Great until you lose your phone like I did last month & people would think you've crashed in Italy when you're really drinking beer in Croatia.

 

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