With the huge increase in smartphone and i-phone usage, developers are creating apps to keep up with the trend. One type of app that can be very useful for iPhone users are apps that are meant for use in the car. Apple has brought a car-customization approach to consumer electronics by allowing anyone with programming skills and an innovative idea to develop third-party applications for the device. Read below for a few suggestions for cool car apps.
The Car Care application ($4.99) allows you to keep tabs on your ride with just a few screen taps. It tracks oil changes and tire rotations as well as fuel economy.
Gas Cubby ($4.99) is another maintenance and mileage app that files fuel economy info and provides service reminders and records, while Trip Cubby ($9.99) from the same developer is designed for business road warriors who need to monitor mileage for expense purposes. It even allows you to log deductible expenses for multiple vehicles and drivers.
gMeter ($8.99) measures forward and lateral Gs and can be used to compute velocity, distance traveled and engine power. It can also be set up to capture timed distance, timed speed and timed braking and has a hands-free auto-start feature.
g-tac ($4.99) is a less expensive alternative to the above apps that only records straight-line performance. It can be used to capture 0-60 and quarter-mile times, 60-0 stopping distance and acceleration G-force, while graphing allows comparing three separate runs.
DevToaster’s Rev is a performance app that’s currently under development (and the beta version is free). It can graph cornering, braking and acceleration Gs, and it uses the iPhone’s built-in GPS to display acceleration and braking data on a map screen. With the addition of an interface, it can tap into a car’s OBD-II port and display information such as vehicle speed, RPM, engine load and other parameters and allow you to check and reset engine and error codes.
AccuFuel ($.99) is another iPhone car app that allows you to see how your driving habits affect fuel-efficiency. While this is something anyone can do with a pen and paper, AccuFuel computes gas mileage according to the kind of car you drive, and it can keep track of multiple vehicles.
iGas app ($2.99) shows the 10 lowest gas or diesel prices in a given area of the U.S. and also provides directions and the distance to each station.
Auto Fuel Economics ($.99) compares the sticker price and fuel economy of two vehicles, taking into account current gas prices, the average number of miles driven per year and how long you plan to keep the car to calculate what it will cost to drive it, minus maintenance.
Car Finder V1.1 ($.99) app will save you time, and perhaps embarrassment. Using the GPS capability built into an iPhone 3G, it lets you note the level you parked on and the car’s location so you can get compass directions and use Google Maps to lead you back to it.
G-Park ($.99) is a more sophisticated app that also works with the original iPhone and iPod touch, although it’s more accurate when used with the iPhone 3G. After parking, you press the app’s Park Me button, and then when you’re ready to return to your ride simply press the “Where Did I Park My Car” button and Google Maps provides turn-by-turn directions.
Car Spotter ($.99) only works with the iPhone 3G, but offers features such as a timer, camera log, audio recorder and a notes section. It also allows you to set the accuracy of the “pin drop” where you parked your car as well as adjusting the type, view and zoom level of the phone’s GPS map.
Posted by reedman on Mar 19 2010 in New Technology