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Thanks To This App, You Won’t Have To Guess If A Woman On Public Transit Is Pregnant

Richard Yeh / WNYC

South Korea uses pink lights to tech shame people who won’t give up their subway seats to pregnant women. Now, the London-based tech firm 10x has an app to help the rest of the world be less of a collective dick. The “Babee On Board” app will tell you when a not-so-obviously-pregnant woman needs a seat. It also eliminates the risk of getting slapped by someone who turns out to be not-so-pregnant. You were trying to be polite!

Babee On Board is technically 2 apps: A “Request Seat” app, for pregnant women, and the “Offer Seat” app, for anyone who doesn’t want to be a jerk. The system allows pregnant women to send notifications to smartphones within in a 15-foot radius with a push of a button. It uses Bluetooth technology, so you don’t need Wi-Fi or a signal for it to work. It just requires you to look at your phone, which you were going to do anyways

The dual apps are mostly for women in the early stages of pregnancy who could be mistaken for housing a burrito instead of a baby. As Mashable reports, the tech is currently being piloted in London before being rolled out worldwide, but it’ll cost women. The Babee On Board: Request Seat App for expectant mothers is set to cost £3.99 ($4.97), whereas the Babee On Board: Offer Seat App for everyone else is free. It a good thing that 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the children’s charity Project Healthy. Otherwise, they’d be too pissed to sit down anyways.

[H/T] Mashable