Strava wants to make athletes a bit safer while out exploring trails or just putting time in on the road training solo. So the newest addition to their Strava Premium features is the new Beacon tool that lets you share your real-time location information with a limited select group of contacts, either friends or family who want to keep an eye on you from home. Available through their mobile app, Beacon makes it easy to give your loved ones some peace of mind while you are out exercising on your own, without having to sacrifice your online security by opening up your location publicly. Check out how it works after the break….
Beacon is built into the latest version of the Strava iOS and Android apps, and is available only to paid Premium members.
From the app’s Record screen, you activate Beacon through the icon of a person’s head emitting a signal and then add up to 3 safety contacts. Strava will send them an SMS with a URL to follow once you begin an activity where they can follow your movement live on a map and even seen the remaining battery power of your device. Your safety contacts don’t need to be Strava users and they will be saved for one touch notification on future activities if you want.