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App made in ND meant to help with winter driving

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - When a powerful blizzard ripped through North Dakota last winter, hundreds of drivers were stranded as white-out conditions shuttered interstates statewide.

That convinced two local software developers to create the Winter Survival Kit app.

North Dakota State University's Bob Bertsch and Jake Joraanstad came up with the free program for iPhones and Android smartphones to help motorists prepare for winter driving and when things go badly.

It can pinpoint a motorist's location, call 911, notify friends and monitor how long the gas will hold out. The app also gives potentially life-saving reminders to stay with your vehicle and keep the tailpipe clear of snow.

Since some rural areas have shoddy cellphone coverage, some features including GPS could be impeded. But the developers hope the app helps anyone in winter-driving trouble.

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  • by Leslie Location: Lexington, KY on Jan 8, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    It clearly states the name of the App, which is Winter Survival Kit. Go to your Apple App Store, and type Winter Survival Kit. It is free.
  • by K on Jan 7, 2012 at 10:25 PM
    Winter Survival Kit and can be found in your phones app store! Look before you just run off at the mouth people! If either one you had a nickle then you would have more $$ than you do sense!
  • by Mark on Jan 7, 2012 at 05:31 AM
    Would have helped to give the name of the app.
  • by Ted Location: Hazard on Jan 6, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    Why do you people report something most of the time in a half ??? way? Don't you think that it might help if you give people a link to where you can get the app download?


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