New NHTSA App Uses Yelp API

Jan 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently unveiled a new mobile app to help people who have been drinking get a safe ride home. The ‘SaferRide’ mobile app, gives holiday revelers an easy way to find a ride home when they’ve had too much to drink instead of getting behind the wheel. The app encourages potential drunk drivers to stay off of the road by helping them contact a close friend, find their location, and connect directly to a taxi company to secure a safe ride. The taxicab information that the app uses will be generated by the Yelp API so users can have the best possible experience as they head home. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.

Side-by-side screenshots of the Safer Ride mobile app. The left one is the home screen with 3 buttons, Get Taxi, Call Friend, and Where Am I. The right one is the Get Taxi screen, which displays a list of nearby cab companies with phone numbers and the distance from your location shown in miles.

NHTSA took the lead to negotiate a Terms of Service (TOS) in order to use the Yelp API for the SaferRide App. GSA, Dept of State and Yelp are now collaborating on a federal compatible TOS so all federal agencies can use Yelp in other applications that connect people to great local services.

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Federal agencies can get their apps in the directory by using the Federal Mobile Products Registry.