In the last decade we’ve seen huge improvements with in-car technology. A new car’s dashboard is stocked with features. And Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are very much changing the way we interact with our vehicles.
But not all of us have the luxury to be driving around in the newest, hottest car. Which is why we put together this list of the 7 hottest motor apps which will take your car into to the 21st century.
All you need to do is let your smartphone ride shotgun.
AutoGuard Dash Cam
We all enjoy watching Russian dash cam fails. But if that’s not enough to make you splurge for a dash cam yourself, AutoGuard is the way to go. The app is free to download and on top of video recording your drive, you’ll also enjoy GPS routing and the option to easily upload videos whenever your phone connects to a Wi-Fi network.
This app’s name gives it all away. You’ll finally be able to get your calls and messages guilt-free in the car, without having to constantly glance down at your phone. So you can keep your eyes on the road.The app will alert you when you’re getting a call, and read out your messages. It will even let you know when you get an important notification!
This crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app has really increased it’s popularity in the last few months. And it’s easy to see why - the app allows you to get tip offs from other drivers in your area. It will alert you to real time information like road hazards, speed traps, or traffic delays. Yes, you’ll finally be able to avoid a lurking police car! Other features include guided navigation, and a carpooling system.
Who isn’t looking to save money, especially when it comes to filling up your tank on your next long road trip? Save some serious change with GasBuddy, the app that shows you the cheapest gas stations around your present location. The prices displayed by the app are based on user reports, and if you start updating a station’s prices you’ll win points and maybe even win free gas.
If your passion is cars, this app is for you. Download it for accurate readings of your speed timings and Co2 emissions on a dime. Torque Pro even has a turbo boost feature for cars that support MAP and MAF sensors. It’s also packed with a video recording system and a GPS. The downside is that it only works on vehicles from 1996 onwards.
Are you traveling with friends as part of a convoy, or maybe you want to let someone know that you’re on your way? Simply send them a “Glympse" to share your location and estimated time of arrival through the app itself, or through a web link! And don’t worry, the Glympse self-destructs so your privacy is always secure. This app is perfect for coordinating your next big meet-up or simply checking in locations.
It’s a headache to look for parking spaces in an unfamiliar area or city. Which is why ParkMe is a great app. It will show you the closest and cheapest parking options using your smartphone’s location. You’ll be able to browse parking rates, see parking space availability, reserve and pay for parking slots with your phone, and even set a parking timer so you never forget to refill that meter!