Teenager’s app to alert of ap­proach­ing trains


A teenager’s idea for an app has been picked up by Auck­land Trans­port for de­vel­op­ment and will hope­fully save lives.

Josh Rees,16, catches a train and bus from his Kings­land home to Ros­mini Col­lege ev­ery day and said most of the peo­ple around him wear head­phones mean­ing they can’t hear the quiet elec­tric trains.

So Josh thought of a way to fix it and is on the way to mak­ing the idea a re­al­ity.

His app, Train­trac would act as a safety fea­ture for head­phone users alert­ing them when there is a train ap­proach­ing by stop­ping any mu­sic and sound­ing a tone.

Josh orig­i­nally thought of the app Train­trac in 2016 as part of a school project. Then, fol­low­ing the deaths of a num­ber of peo­ple, hit by trains while wear­ing head­phones, he de­cided to fur­ther the idea.

Josh was par­tic­u­larly af­fected by the death of Massey High School stu­dent Keenan Matthes in April this year.

‘‘It af­fected me be­cause he was the same age and did all the same things as me,’’ Josh said. ‘‘I thought what can I do?’’

Josh ap­proached Auck­land Trans­port which is work­ing on de­vel­op­ing it.

‘‘It would be re­ally good to see some­thing I cre­ated help­ing peo­ple and po­ten­tially saving lives.’’


Josh Rees thought of his app idea be­cause he catches a train and then bus to school.

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