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Buddy Up

It's OnStar for motorcycles! Never ride alone with Buddy Up...We're always here with you.

What's the big idea?

You’ve heard of OnStar right? Well this is OnStar for motorcycles. No I’m not going to find you the nearest Olive Garden or Panera Bread…yet. My initial goal is the reduce the the response time for motorcycle accidents. By using Bluetooth Smart technology, an accelerometer (and/or the iPhone 5s M7 chip), and an app on your cell phone, we will be able to tell if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident. From there emergency vehicles will be notified dramatically reducing response time for motorcycles crashes. This same concept can be applied to other motorized and non-motorized sports.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

The closest competitor is ICEDot. They are similar in concept but differ on execution. Their product sends a text to ICE contacts where mine would alert a call center like OnStar. ICEDot has a focus on adventure sports (bmx, hiking, etc.) my focus is on motorcyclists.

How are you different from that player?

Buddy Up would use Bluetooth Smart technology which would pair to your smartphone and use your smartphones GPS. Buddy Up could be integrated into a helmet or directly on the motorcycle. Buddy Up would call a 3rd party emergency call center reducing the number of false calls to 911.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

The idea is to start with motorcycles then move to other adventure sports i.e. cycling, ATVs, paragliding, and more. The way it would make money is the sale of the unit itself paired with a charge for the call center.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

A close friend of mine almost lost his life in a motorcycle accident…Buddy Up comes out of necessity for motorcycle riders everywhere. Motorcyclists will never have to ride alone again with Buddy Up

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

With $5,000 I can buy development boards and work with a developer to start/create a proof of concept. I will also be able to run a robust survey on motorcyclists and start creating strategic partnerships with other people/companies to gain further exposure and awareness.

There have been 7 replies to this idea

  1. Craig Searer

    Owner

    Friends, family, and motorcycle riders everywhere. Buddy Up needs your endorsement in the next 22 hours. Help motorcyclists everywhere ride with a buddy and save lives.

  2. Lori Spratt Ammon

    This founds like a great safe idea!

  3. Craig Searer

    Owner

    Thanks, Lori! I believe Buddy Up will be a great addition to a motorcyclists gear up before they ride :)

  4. Stephanie DeBruler

    Buddy up needs your endorsement in the next 8 minutes.  Help motorcyclists everywhere ride with a buddy and save lives!

  5. Ruta Long

    The sooner help can get there for anybody in need is a plus!!!!! Been there, done that. Good Luck! We say our blessings everyday that we have JR. here with us, able to walk, and his life is good after his motorcycle accident.  Anything that helps get help quicker is a no brainer!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Ruta Long

    The sooner help can get there for anybody is a plus!!!! Been there, done that. Good Luck! We say our blessings everyday that we have JR. here with us, able to walk, and his life is good after his motorcycle accident. Anything that helps get help quicker is a no brainer!!!

  7. Craig Searer

    Owner

    Thanks, Ruta. Brandon is a huge inspiration for Buddy Up. The next 75 days are going to be quite exciting!

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This idea is funded

This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on November 07, 2013.

  • 5K