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Apps and Maps - Best Downloads for Drivers



  • 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.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    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....).
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    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; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    Do you use it for a set of "extra" gauges or mostly for the CEL stuff?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    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. 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; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • How does it connect to the data link?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    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; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    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; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    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.
  • 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?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    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.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,895
    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; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    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.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
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    Nissan enters wearable technology space with the unveil of the nismo watch concept
  • "Everybody in the van? Kids, check your dehydration levels. Sis, watch your EGK. Synchronize on my mark....NOW!"

    Oh, lord, save us.
  • 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!
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    Hey, mingomatic!

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

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • 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!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,949
    edited November 2013
    One for Gagrice:

    image (GasBuddy)

    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
  • 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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