Great iOS Apps for Drivers
Today we're learning internal politics have hindered Google in its cloud music plans while Apple isn't yet ready to make us all go 'lala'. Meanwhile, as the season turns to taking long drives to visit family and friends: here's six good apps for drivers.
DriveMeCrazy for iPhone (free)
From the man who launched Shazam, DriveMeCrazy is a free app that lets drivers report bad or aggressive drivers. Available on the iPhone you can activate the app's recording feature with one touch, after which you just speak in the license plate of the badly-driven vehicle.
It gets better: once you've done this you can pull over to write a ticket that reports details of the driving offense, leave an audio message for the other driver, share their flag on Twitter and Facebook and look up the driver's previous record on DriveMeCrazy.
Data collected from usage of the app is submitted to the DMV, insurance companies and local law enforcement. (Creepy on the road romantics can also use the app to rate other drivers attractiveness and send them pictures, contact details or messages).
Spend too much time messing with your Phone and this could be all the distraction it takes to cause you to lose focus and cause an accident -- so DriveSafe.ly exists to help. The app will read your text (SMS) messages and emails out loud and can make an automatic response without requiring the driver touch the phone.
The app was developed by iSpeech.org founder Heath Ahrens, and uses remotely-hosted iSpeech software as a service (SaaS) to convert text into the highest quality speech available .
The free application reads up to 25-words per message, reads text message and email shorthand and features a text auto-responder.
The premium version costs $13.95 and features the choice of a female or male voice, text and email auto-responders and a 500-word per message read back limit.
Gas prices are higher than ever, and when you've got to travel a few miles you can save a lot of money just by finding the best deal on fuel. Cheap Gas! is only operational in the US and Canada, and uses data supplied by Gas Buddy.
Cheap Gas! gives you gas prices, sorted by distance or price, and will locate stations by GPS or postcode. There's an augmented reality view and distance to the station is also displayed. I wonder who will save the most dollars using this app this year?
Cars aren't just about driving, there's parking too. If you've ever asked yourself, "Dude -- where's my car?", then there's an app to help with this, Car Finder.
Car Finder uses GPS to fix the position of your vehicle, which it shows on a map. If you are on a parking meter you can switch on a timer to receive an on-screen warning when the meter is about to expire. The app seems to work most accurately with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.
Alternatively, there's G-Park, (99-cents) which places a "pin" when you hit the Park Me button, then when you're ready to return to your car, press "Where Did I Park" and Google Maps provides turn-by-turn directions.