In March of 2016 I was driving home after a long day working in Country Victoria.
I was travelling behind 2 other vehicles - A Subaru Utility vehicle, and a Mazda sedan. The Subaru vehicle had slowed down on the one-laned highway to turn into a driveway. The Mazda which was behind the Subaru didn't see him slow down (probably on his phone) and crashed into the back of it travelling at around 100kph (63mph). The impact caused the driver of the stationary vehicle to be ejected from his vehicle, and onto the road.
I saw the entire thing happen in slow motion and had to swerve off the road and onto the gravelly roadside to avoid the accident. I felt and heard the shattered vehicle as debris from the accident swept across the side of my vehicle.
(screenshot of actual footage)
You can see the ejected driver lying on the road, with those of us that arrived first to the scene trying to work out what to do.
Instinct kicked in and I immediately called 000 (the 911 equivalent for Australia). I wasn't thinking about it at the time, but I heard the familiar beep that geavi makes when it starts recording. I realised that geavi 2.0 (due for release soon) had kicked in.
At the same time as I made the triple 0 call, my cofounder Henry received this SMS.
The SMS says “I just made an Emergency Call via geavi.com, I am at 823 Western Highway, Armstrong, Australia. Follow my journey at https://goo.gl/ZG1RE6.
Henry is my sole contact while we're testing geavi 2.0 but this SMS could have been received by any number of people.
The link in the SMS took Henry to Google Maps and to my real-time location. Here's the opened link.
The location was accurate. This was within 20 metres from where the accident occurred. Even though I didn’t know exactly where I was - Henry did (And pretty soon 000, 911 and all other Emergency Response groups will too).
The fact that I didn't know where I was actually turned out to be a bit of an issue. The woman who I spoke to at 000 kept asking my location and I didn't know. I knew I was on the Western Highway, I knew I was somewhere between Stawell and Ararat, but I didn't know specifically where I was. Fortunately in this case because there is only one Highway between the 2 towns, it was easy to dispatch the Ambulance.
It got me thinking though, "what if we were on a backroad and I really didn't know my location, what then?".
At the same time as Henry was notified, an update was posted on my geavi page which showed the time, date and location of the event, and when the video was uploaded it was also made available to my other contacts at geavi.com (again, unfortuantely this is the pre-launched geavi so we're still stress testing it which also explains why things haven't loaded properly and we're using an anon account image).
This is part of the new geavi.com which works in sync with the app.
My team and I have been building this for the last 3 years and although I have had the trial version for the last few months, (which is why I was able to create this evidence listed above) it's not currently available to the public. It is coming soon though, and I look forward to working with our community to improve it.
Note - Everyone in this incident survived.