Strava Beacon safety feature now available on selected Garmin devices

Real-time athlete tracker now available with Garmin, following successful iPhone and Android launch

Strava’s Beacon safety feature is now available to athletes using selected Garmin devices.

Originally launched exclusively for iPhone and Android, Beacon allows Strava athletes to share their real-time location with contacts.

And now Strava Premium members using one of the: Garmin Edge 520, Edge 820, Edge 1000, Edge Explore 820, Forerunner 230, Forerunner 235, Forerunner 630, Forerunner 735XT and Fenix 3 can set up Beacon using Garmin’s LiveTrack sessions on Garmin Connect Mobile.

Strava Beacon allows safety contacts to track an athletes live location (pic: Strava)

Chief product officer Aaron Forth said: “We’re happy to see that Beacon has become so valuable so quickly, and excited to extend Beacon’s safety benefits to Garmin athletes.”

Athletes using Beacon can select up to three safety contacts who receive a unique URL when the athlete begins an activity, from which safety contacts can track the athlete on a map in real time and view their remaining battery power.

Safety contacts do not even need to have a Strava account to view the information.

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