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.