An Android app has been launched that will alert drivers in the Tricity of the black spots or accident-prone areas 500m before approaching the marked location.
The app, ‘Watch Out’, has been launched by Chandigarh-based Webmob Information Systems after collecting, collating and compiling the data gathered over two months with the help of traffic police.
Webmob CEO Nitin Gupta on Tuesday said the app will help in bringing down the number of accidents in the Tricity. Some of the accident-prone areas listed by Gupta are from the Housing Board, Transport Chowk, Sectors 33, 47, 48, 49, T-point on the Gurdwara Nada Sahab Road in Panchkula, the Command Hospital lights, Shakta Bhawan Road in Sector 6, Panchkula, to Sector 10/11 dividing road in Panchkula to Phase 6 Civil Hospital in Mohali, the new light point in Sunny enclave, Puncomm Chowk and others.
“These are the black spots and there are many across India. We have started with the Tricity and will keep adding and updating new spots with time. Our plan is to take it pan India,” said Gupta.
He added that according to the information provided by the authorities, there are 15 black spots in Chandigarh, around 20 in Mohali and seven in Panchkula.
The app can be downloaded at free of cost and is integrated with Google maps. “Once downloaded, a voice will caution the driver 500m ahead of the spot or danger area,” said Gupta.
However, the app only focuses on black spots and not on traffic snarls.