Sailor builds cloud app to call for designated drivers

Sailor builds cloud app to call for designated drivers

What shall we do with a drunken sailor?  The old sea shanty offers all sorts of interesting suggestions, but Petty Officer Michael Daigle decided build an app to help such sailors make it home safely.

Daigle developed Saferide, which leverages Voxox's Cloud Phone service to let users call a single number and request a ride from a wide pool of volunteer designated drivers, according to an AP report.

Because sailors are not permitted to carry their personal phones on the job, they often are not reachable when a friend might call for a lift after a night of drinking.  Daigle's app aims to provide a wide range of options for a sober ride home.

The app was successfully tested at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Charleston, S.C. , and Daigle told AP he hopes it will be used throughout the Navy, including aircraft carriers that may dock at various ports around the world, as well as overseas bases.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Jul 1, 2016

So this is an app that allows persons who are, by definition, impaired to be picked up by a stranger with no particular vetting process. This sounds cheaper, but much more dangerous, than Uber.

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