Life360, a San Francisco-based provider of a location and driving safety service for families available for Android and iPhone in a convenient and secure mobile app, has acquihired PathSense, a provider of precise positioning software development kit (SDK) for location-based mobile apps.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
PathSense’s employees will join the Life360 team, and Life360 has licensed the PathSense IP. While most GPS apps are notorious for draining smartphone batteries, the combination of Life360 and PathSense’s low battery location and sensor code technologies will provide an advanced, battery efficient crash detection system.
Together, the combined company plans to grow the sensors team leveraging San Diego’s talent pool. PathSense will continue to operate as its own corporation, servicing existing and looking to bring on new clients in the San Diego office.
Life360 provides a crash response system that automatically detects when a car accident occurs and calls the person involved. If they need immediate assistance, Life360 will dispatch emergency services to their exact location and stay on the line until help arrives. Life360 also notifies emergency contacts so that – even in the worst situation – everyone is notified in real-time. This feature is part of the Driver Protect subscription service that also includes information on driving habits such as speed and phone usage.
PathSense, which offers a software developer kit available for both iOS and Android, provides location accuracy through sensor fusion and internal navigation.