The 10 Best Car Apps

Texting or surfing the web from your smartphone is certainly not recommended, but there ARE apps for your mobile device that make life a little easier. Some of these are best used by a passenger, or before or after operating the vehicle. Sure, there are plenty of useless apps, like the countless mobile racing games, or an app where you pimp out a fictional ride. For those adults wouldn't be bothered with such crap, but WOULD like the benefit of some truly useful tools for the open road. Additionally, controlling your car's systems from your smartphone is the wave of the future. With mobile technology evolving so quickly, many mobile application development companies are hard at work bringing these ideas to life. So with that, here are some of our favorite automotive-related apps! iOnRoad:

The 10 Best Car Apps

Some of the newest cars on the road have some impressive safety tech. From lane departure warning to distance based cruise control, it makes the prospect of buying a brand new car quite attractive. What if you could get some of these features in an app that allows you to have that functionality in the car you already own? iOnRoad, uses your smartphone's existing camera, as well as GPS and sensors to determine the distance that vehicles are in front of you and gives an accurate indication of the reaction time you will have if a vehicle stops in front of you. This feature should help you become a safer and more prepared driver! Apple Maps:

The 10 Best Car Apps

OK so Apple may have fired the man in charge of the Apple Maps app over some hiccups and the lack of powerful search results, but the base functionality of the maps app is quite impressive. More importantly, it features turn-by-turn navigation with audible directions. It instantly turns any car, old or new, into a nav-equipped vehicle. I was contemplating installing a nifty stereo with navigation in my old Jeep, but with a proper holster for my iPhone, I'll be all set! Google Maps (once it comes out):

The 10 Best Car Apps

When Apple updated the iPhone software, it left out one key ingredient: Google Maps. Google was left out in the cold, unaware that it was being replaced. You can count on the tech giant coming back hard with a maps app that blows Apple's attempt out of the water. Gas Buddy:

The 10 Best Car Apps

Need to gas up but you hate that the closest place is not the cheapest? Gas Buddy is the best way to find out where the least expensive gas is, and determine if it is close enough. Gas Buddy uses a community of members that actively report gas prices as they see them. The more you report the gas, the more accurate you make gas buddy. Trapster:

The 10 Best Car Apps

The best and most effective way to avoid a speeding ticket might be to follow the speed limit, but who really does that? Also, the use of radar detectors is illegal in many states, so what's a speeder to do? Well, much like the the Gas Buddy app, Trapster is a crowd-sourced community app. It relies on community members reporting as to when they see a cop trying to nab drivers. Algorithms are in place that determine how often uses report particular spots, and the cops' favorite perches become "Known Enforcement Zones" and remain on the map, even off someone has not reported in a while. Sticking it to the man by avoiding speed traps is perhaps the one of the best ways we can come together as a community! Find My Car:

The 10 Best Car Apps

This free iPhone app does exactly as the name suggests; allows you to find your vehicle in the event that you lost your way on the way back it it. Find My Car uses GPS detection and the accelerometer in your car to draw itself a very "Hansel and Gretel" map for itself back to your car. It doesn't matter if you are lost in a mall parking lot, or are just confused about city block, this is a terrific tool! Google Chrome/Siri:

The 10 Best Car Apps

For those of you with an iPhone 4 or 5, you can ask Siri to do what you would otherwise have to type. That is a very powerful thing. While draconian patent law means that non-Apple users won't see a system like this for several years, but at least you can use the voice activation in the Google App and Google Chrome App Proprietary Car Apps:

The 10 Best Car Apps

BMW Connected drive is far away from being as helpful as something like the OnStar app, but its getting there. IF you're vehicle is equipped with OnStar, you can unlock and start the car, and even set the climate control. GM was laughed at for how useless OnStar was for so long. The voice-connection system is still useless, but controlling your car's systems from your smartphone is the wave of the future! Spotify:

The 10 Best Car Apps

Dealing with that book of CD's is so 1998, and Pandora never really knows what you want to hear. Rather than take up your smartphone's memory by uploading all your music, subscribe to Spotify. So the caveat here is that its $10 a month for the Premium version, which is the only way to get mobile, but its SOOO worth it. Once you have it you can access pretty much ANY music you so desire. They have the college band I used to see at house parties on there. It's pretty ridiculous. iWrecked:

The 10 Best Car Apps

Getting in an accident sucks, but IWrecked helps from the minute a collision happens. This app gives easy to read instructions as to what to do after an accident. You use it to take photos of both cars, which it stores in its own photo album. It even tags the location, date and time of the incident. You can even fill out an accident report and find the nearest towing location. Accidents might suck, but the iWrecked app just makes it a little easier to manage the aftermath.

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