As a Smartphone savvy car enthusiast you would have probably started with a slick navigation app. With a surge of new software, there is an exhaustive range of interesting products and apps on the racks. Whether it is about measuring the fuel economy of your vehicle or gazing at live video from a camera mounted on your dashboard, there is no dearth of applications for those who love driving. Read on for the 3 best apps for car aficionados.
My Car Park
This app is technically developed for navigation but also proves to be handy for those who tend to forget their parking spot. This application is particularly useful when you park on the street and wander around the neighborhood for your shopping needs. After you have parked your car, it is geo-tagged by the app. You can also take snapshots of the area of parking and add small notes to help you remember the exact parking spot.
After you finish your task and are ready to get to your car, simply open the app and click on the button marked “Walk to car”. The app displays the shortest and best possible route and helps you navigate your way to the car. Cool—isn’t it?
Ford Sync Applink
Price: Free, but the app requires a Ford which is compatible
System: BlackBerry, Android and iPhone
The app is currently compatible with 2011 Ford Fiestas and will be added on to Ford’s line of Mustangs in the near future. This smart app allows drivers to plug in their Smartphone into the car and control several other applications.
It is to be noted that Ford Sync boasts of one of the greatest speech recognition software used for navigating the digital music systems and making phone calls. Until now, the apps of the likes of OpenBeak (which is a mobile client for publishing updates on Twitter), Pandora (service for streaming music) and so forth were being used when drivers were not behind their wheels. Applink allows car lovers to plug their handset into the defined console in their cars and control apps like Pandora and other navigation tools through an eight-inch touch screen, voice or controls mounted on their steering wheel.
Contour GPS location-aware HD sports camera
Price: Free. The cost of camera– US$349, encryption card for Bluetooth–US$30
This recent app launched by Contour is compatible their own cameras and allows car lovers to stream live video on the go. This can be easily achieved through Bluetooth—albeit a little slow.
Though it is not yet designed to permit groups of people to set their eyes on action as they speed around the track, this camera has a built in system for GPS, which allows easy tracking of the driver’s location, speed and elevation. These rugged looking cameras can be mounted on the helmet, dashboard or any other location in the car. For example, trail riders love to place theirs on the handlebars, so that they can catch all the action as they scramble down the mountainside. How exciting!
Get ready to download your own version of these apps—for free!