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App Would Alert Drivers to Nearby Fire Trucks, Emergency Vehicles

A Michigan city is testing out an application that would alert drivers to the presence of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, according to a report.

MLive.com reports that the idea was inspired by a close call Cory Hohs with had with a Chicago fire truck while he was driving his motorcycle. The app is being tested in Grand Rapids, and the city’s fire department is reportedly allowing Hohs and his two partners to gather research as they rode with firefighters on fire apparatus during emergency incidents.

Drivers’ slower response time in pulling out of the way of oncoming fire trucks, police cars, or ambulance can also be blamed on the distrations of technology, among other factors. The app, Haasalert, would reportedly cmpliment the traditional sirens and flashing lights with alerts sent via Bluetooth to a car or motorcycle helmet.

Read the complete report HERE.