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Apps and Maps - Best Downloads for Drivers



  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,963
    Cool, I might have to actually buy an app. Buying a phone mount is a lot better than buying a $200+ camera that probably has to be hard wired in.

    GasBuddy is the only one of those I use, which is kind of odd as I usually buy gas at a couple specific stations.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Looks like this could be handy, and some of the links work fine on your desktop.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 65,476
    looks like it simply links to each states' DOT (or equivalent) website.

    still, nice to have a single starting point for the whole country.


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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    "Technology that monitors a new car's engine performance and sends detailed trouble alerts to an owner's cellphone is now becoming available to owners of older model vehicles using inexpensive add-ons.

    The idea is to give all car owners access to data generated by the diagnostic port that connects to various sensors built into most vehicles. Mechanics at garages have long used that information to help diagnose a car's problems.

    The gadgets allow car owners to track metrics over time such as the car's speed, fuel economy and to decode the check-engine light."

    Your Phone Has a Car Engine Update (WSJ - registration may be required)

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    "Volvo is on the way to making the car a mobile delivery hub for shoppers, with the debut of a pilot program that delivers groceries to your car.

    The service allows consumers to have goods delivered to their car, no matter where it is parked. They choose their car as a delivery option when ordering stuff online via a smartphone or tablet.

    The delivery person gets a one-time-use digital key that opens the truck and then locks it. The key is accessed via a secure app that's part of the Volvo On Call telematics system."

    Volvo Testing Mobile Deliveries to Car

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    "The auto maker later this month will launch more than 30 new vehicles for the 2015 model year that are available with a built-in LTE 4G broadband connection, enabling a number of new communications, navigation and safety services.

    GM intends to use the broadband connection in its cars to offer new services such as remote troubleshooting.

    GM said it plans eventually to offer 4G broadband in the rest of its vehicles. GM is also developing a Chevy app store that would let car owners download applications to the center screen of a vehicle dashboard.

    Separately, GM said it has a team of about 50 programmers developing exclusive apps. One of these, Vehicle Health, will provide more details when a problem crops up in the car.

    "We want to try and demystify the check engine light," GM Chief Technology Officer Tim Nixon said."

    GM Rolls Out Pricing Menu for 4G LTE Service (Wall St. Journal)

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    I had a rental Camaro a while back that had a heads up display. Very slick and convenient.

    Haven't yet seen the Garmin one but there's another one coming out.

    "It’s a device that can be mounted on any car’s dashboard and it provides a high-resolution heads-up display that helps you see the road behind it.

    The device is powered by plugging it into the on-board computer, which cars manufactured since 1996 should have. Once it connects to your phone via Bluetooth, Its voice and gesture controls allow you to take calls, reply to texts and ask for directions without having to pick up your phone. You do need the iOS or Android app to help set up the device."

    Navdy’s Heads-Up Display Wants To Be The Safer Alternative To Using Your Smartphone While Driving (TechCrunch)

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    Here's the (cheaper) Garmin version.

    A Low-Cost Head-Up Option (NY Times)

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited January 2015
    If you used a smartphone for most of your recent car shopping/leasing experience and are willing to talk with a reporter about it, please email no later than 10AM Eastern on January 30, 2015. Please include your daytime contact info and a few words about your experience.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited February 2015
    Verison has a Roadside Assistance app - $3 a month. A reddit poster says it's good for ten mile tows, battery charges, tire changes, etc. And it's good for up to 10 cars, including cars you ride in with others.
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