Whether a career road warrior with your suit jacket hanging behind you, a truck driver with a ready supply of Yorkie bars and a cargo of illegal immigrants, or simply the family’s designated driver taking the gang on a holiday across the country, all drives can be improved by technology.
Take the in-car entertainment system, for example, be it merely music-based or full-on DVD-toting mobile movie-tastic, how else would you keep the kids entertained in the 200-mile tailback outside of Tadcaster? And what about the satnav, calmly guiding you through the nation’s backstreets, safely down winding country roads and far away from the 50-car pile-up at the exit for Exeter, where would you be without that?
Yes, the conclusion we can draw from this is that in-car technology is just as vital as wheels and an engine. So if you need to sharpen your on-road app edge, get motoring with this little lot…
An old favourite that just keeps getting better with each subsequent update, once mounted in your motor, Vlingo’s almost always precise voice recognition allows it do all the things your standard satnav can do, but with the added bonus of throwing the ability to make phone calls and send text messages completely hands-free. Possibly the best in-car travelling companion yet.
It may seem like quite a basic premise, but there’s no denying the brilliance of this. Parked up in a strange town? Parked up in a car park the size of Kent? Then don’t worry, simply let Car Locator use your GPS to lock your location and then guide you right back to your wheels later using a combination of maps and radar, ensuring a quick getaway everytime!
The app daddy of the driving world, Google Maps just gets better and better, bringing motorists (and footists) voice-guided GPS for turn-by-turn navigation, thoroughly detailed 3D maps capable of searching for petrol stations, restaurants, hotels etc, and even live traffic updates to help you dodge fits of furious road rage when things inevitably grind to a halt ahead. And it’s free!
AA Breakdown and Traffic
It happens; cars break. Normally in the most inconvenient of places, often far from home and, if possible, in the middle of both nowhere and the worst storm in recorded history. Well, relax, no matter how lost you may be when your engine chooses to leap from your bonnet, just whip out the AA app, let it pinpoint your exact location and then summon assistance. Packing live traffic news too, even if you’re not planning a catastrophic car meltdown, don’t leave home without it.
No matter how naff your car, now you can drive around enjoying all the technological perks of a stupidly fast, stupidly expensive supercar thanks to GPS HUD. Using your GPS (all in the name) to pinpoint your location and the speed you’re travelling at, it then displays this in reverse format so that you can flip your device onto the dashboard and have the info reflected back at you off your windscreen the right way round! Childish. Brilliant.