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Apps and Maps - Best Downloads for Drivers

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    edited June 2011
    Collision-detection system for your smartphone in beta.

    Automotive App of the Week: iOnRoad for Android (Straightline)

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,669
    The reviews are pretty funny.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    edited July 2011
    "You can command Dragon Go! to call a specific store, ask what events are happening in your area, get directions and weather info and even request something random, like where to rent a tuxedo."

    Get local gas info? Sounds like a real possibility for finding the cheapest gas nearby since you could search Bing or Google.

    Automotive App of the Week: Dragon Go!

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,091
    edited July 2011
    BMW Assist seems to do just about everything when you pay the extra $199 per year for the Convenience package. Any other automaker have similar service? Does Mbrace compare? It seems a lot more expensive.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    edited September 2011

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    "With a Google Galaxy Nexus phone mounted on the windscreen, the front camera points at the driver, tracking head pose, gaze direction and blink rate. If the driver seems drowsy, a coffee cup appears on the screen and the phone bleeps.

    The back-facing camera is trained on the road and the app checks you are at a safe distance from the car in front and also checks you are not weaving outside the white lines of the traffic lane."

    Lane-keeping app makes any car smarter (newscientist.com)

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    "At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Ford touted a future that included seamless in-car personalization.

    "For both the auto industry and the consumer electronics industry, the best bet is to develop products that are versatile and loaded with features that make them easy to personalize," Ford CEO Alan Mulally said at the time.

    Nearly three years later, Ford has 13 applications, including Pandora and Twitter, available through AppLink, a Sync feature that gives drivers voice-control of apps.

    Ford is still ahead of its domestic competitors, including General Motors Co. and its MyLink system and Chrysler Group LLC and its UConnect Touch. But analysts say Ford's lead is dwindling.

    "Ford's technology is sound, their execution is not," said Mark Boyadjis, manager and senior analyst at market research firm iSuppli Corp.

    Ford admits the 13 apps, now available to more than 1 million drivers through AppLink, aren't enough to meet the needs of all drivers."

    13 apps and counting for Ford (Detroit News)

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    Something like this as one example. Stick the wifi gizmo in the OBDII port and get info about engine power/torque, coolant temp, oil temp, etc. on your phone or tablet.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,669
    I've used an app like that---I forget the name because my Droid commits ritual suicide a few times a year and deletes apps randomly...but it worked great. You just park, punch a button and it registers on google maps with a little red dot.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    Sounds like the iPad - we have one with the Verizon cell in it, and my wife will turn it on to double-check our Garmin directions on the Google Maps app (assuming we can get a cell signal). It works well for finding alternate routes without having to unfold a paper map.

    Then Google sells all our information and we get tons of targeted ads for every store for every town in route. (and I'm only half joking....).

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,613
    That's the one I have. It works great. I tried a few free ones and they refused to read the CEL in the wife's '08 Town & Country. This one worked perfect. I picked up the generic elm327 wifi reader off ebay for darned cheap, too.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    Do you use it for a set of "extra" gauges or mostly for the CEL stuff?

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,613
    So these are what I currently have on my iphone.

    MotionX GPS Drive. This is, by far, the best navi I've ever used, and that includes the factory nav in the T&C and the Leaf and a standalone TomTom One. I plug it into the ipod port of my volvo and I can listen to mp3s and the voice guidance dims the music and gives me direction when needed. It also has optional traffic updates, which I have used and it did a fabulous job getting us through NYC a few weeks ago.

    PockeyDyno. Uses a combination of the iphones GPS and accelerometer to give you performance numbers such as HP, 0-60, and 1/4 mile. I've used it on many occassions in many different cars to measure 0-60 and it usually gets right near published times, so I'm assuming it is pretty accurate. I haven't had much luck with the HP numbers because it wants you to add in the weight of the car, which I don't really know. I've estimated before and it usually comes up short.

    Cars.com app. It is exactly what you think it is.

    Ebay motors app. again, self explanatory.

    App for our Nissan Leaf to pre-warm the car when its in the garage, among other things. :)

    And, finally, Harry's Lap Timer. I have only gotten a chance to use this once so far, but its pretty damned cool. It has preprogrammed maps of a helluva lot of racetracks worldwide. You choose the one you are at and start it up before going out on the track. It uses the GPS to watch you go round and round. In the end, you can see a summary of all your lap times. Click one you want more detail on and it will tell you average speed, top speed, your speed at every turn, and a bunch of other stuff I don't even understand yet. haha.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,669
    How does it connect to the data link?

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,613
    I haven't used any of the other features yet. I has gauges, readouts for some engine paramaters, and a fuel usage page.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,613
    just but a wifi OBDII reader and your wifi equipped iphone will connect to it. Really couldn't be easier.

    BTW, warning for other iphone users, don't buy a bluetooth ELM327 device unless your phone is jailbroken. I made that mistake and now that device just collects dust as Apple doesn't permit the phone to connect to a bluetooth device from a manufacturer that hasn't paid their extortion fees.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    edited September 2013
    The MotionX GPS sounds really good. Bet it'd be nice with the iPad MINI, and you could kludge a dash mount pretty easily.

    We used the Allstays Camp and RV app this last road trip. I was a bit dubious because it was pricey for an app (~$11) but it found lots of nice campgrounds that weren't on our state maps, or in the built-in Garmin POIs or in the extra POIs that I had downloaded onto the Garmin.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,669
    So all these apps require:

    a wifi code reader

    a cell phone

    the appropriate software

    How does this compare to say just buying an inexpensive code reader in the first place?

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    Good point - I want to be able to connect the laptop or iPad into the OBDII (or connect to it via a wifi dongle on the port) and then do all the code reader stuff. And have the extra gauges and stuff.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,613
    well, if you add the cost of the phone, it of course makes it expensive. But most people have an iphone or android phone anyway, so I don't think its fair to add that cost.

    The app is $5.99 and the dongle is less than $25. So what kind of code reader can you get for $30? And how fast will it be outdated while the software has a good chance of regular updates?

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    That was where we got confused I think - you just need the app, your phone or tablet, and the wifi dongle. Don't need a code reader.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    "Wearable technology is fast becoming the next big thing and we want to take advantage of this innovative technology to make our Nismo Brand more accessible. On track, Nissan uses the latest biometric training technologies to improve the performance of our Nissan Nismo Athletes and it is this technology we want to bring to our fans to enhance their driving experience and Nismo ownership."

    Nissan enters wearable technology space with the unveil of the nismo watch concept

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,669
    "Everybody in the van? Kids, check your dehydration levels. Sis, watch your EGK. Synchronize on my mark....NOW!"

    Oh, lord, save us.

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  • Hey everybody, if you have an Android phone and you want to research cars when you're on the go, check out our newly redesigned Android app!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.edmunds&hl=en
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 30,539
    Hey, mingomatic!

    Will this work with an Android tablet? Or, is it just for a phone?

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  • Hey there! For now, it's optimized for a phone. We have an iPad app and we're considering building a Android tablet optimized version next. Stay tuned!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,611
    edited November 2013
    One for Gagrice:

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    One for Shifty:

    image (Repair Pal)

    One for Fintail:

    image (Witness Driving )

    One for Roadburner:

    image (Dynolicious Classic )

    One for me and other beater drivers:

    image (Augmented Driving)

    The 10 Best Car Apps for Smartphones

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,669
    I checked out Repair Pal and it's pretty good---even though it doesn't deliver goo news :(

    WAZE drives me nuts--TMI !

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