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Applications

  • BMW is the first car maker to build an Apple Watch app

    Yesterday Apple held a launch event for its smart watch (with prices ranging from absurd to completely absurd), prompting a rush from a range of developers to port over their existing iOS apps to the new medium. First off the mark among the world's car makers is BMW. The German manufacturer will be bringing its iRemote app, built for the i3 and i8, to the Apple Watch. In fact, the app actually made a bit of a cameo during the event, complete with a rundown of the features it'll ship with. As Jalopnik points out, iRemote for the Apple Watch...

  • This app wants to help you save cash at the fuel pump

    The recent declines in the global oil price have been greeted with joyous celebrations by petrolheads the world over, but are motorists really getting the savings they should be? A new South African app aims to make sure that people can answer that question in the affirmative. FillApp, which is meant to always be up-to-date with the country's petrol price, tells you when the best time to next fill up would be. According to the app's creators, once FillApp knows how big your car’s fuel tank is and what fuel you use, it will send a reminder each month...

  • If Apple has its way, your iPhone could soon unlock your car from your pocket

    This is interesting. Apple has been granted a patent that could mean the end of the car key fob as we know it. The Cupertino-based tech giant's patent means that it could potentially build technology that will allow you to open your car's doors and boot and even control a few functions within the car using Apple's CarPlay system. While there are plenty of car manufacturers that either already have, or are working on, apps that allow you to do exactly that, the difference is Apple's system would use proximity sensors (most likely its Bluetooth-enable iBeacon sensors). That in...

  • 5 apps that every automotive pedant needs in their life

    If you're on this site, chances are you love driving. But that doesn't mean you obsess over your car, buffing it every five seconds and spending your weekends working on it until every part of it glistens and gleams (and you're left looking like you've leopard-crawled through an oil field). Those people do, of course, exist. You'll see them at Concours d'Elegance events around the world, most likely lusting over the original leather trim one of their rivals has managed to get their hands on, or some such nonsense. Not for these enthusiasts the brash, quest for speed shown by...

  • Cadillac’s CUE Collection appstore to rollout with 2015 ATS Coupe

    Cadillac is all about the connected car with its new 4G vehicles coming soon, which will also benefit from an in-car appstore dubbed CUE (Cadillac User Experience) Collection. According to the car maker, CUE "blends first-of-its-kind technology with highly intelligent design, bringing the intuitive control of smartphones and tablets safely to the road". According to Cadillac, the 2015 ATS Coupe will be the first of its vehicle to launch with this app platform as well its OnStar 4G LTE system. Based on the carmaker's site it seems to have gone for a clean, touch responsive platform that integrates natural voice...

  • 5 Google Glass apps designed to add to your driving experience

    Google Glass has a strange effect on people. You're aware that it'll make you look desperately uncool, but once you understand what it does, you'll still be seriously hopeful to try it out. That rule applies to car nuts as much as anyone else. And while there's been a fair amount of debate around whether or not petrol-heads actually need Google's AR specs, the truth is they will have some kind of a role in the future of motoring. Right now, it's unclear how big or small that role will be, but developers have already started building Google Glass...

  • 12 weird and wonderful apps for the connected driver

    Quick! Your car or your smartphone? No, this isn’t a poorly worded stick-up. We are merely asking which is more crucial to the smooth running of your everyday life – your motorcar or your mobile? Whether you’re a petrol-head, technophile or heady combination of the two, it’s not an easy question to answer. Thankfully, we don’t have to choose – provided we don’t use both at the same time (let’s get that little disclaimer right out of the way, shall we?). So, with the link between vehicle and phone having promptly progressed from puppy love to long-term relationship...

  • This Google Glass app wakes up snoozing drivers

    This is definitely one of the better uses of Google Glass we've seen so far. It's called DriveSafe and it's designed to help prevent drivers from falling asleep at the wheel. Currently in Alpha phase, the app stays activates when you say "OK Glass, Keep me awake." From there, it stays blank while you're awake to give you an unencumbered view of the road. Once it detects you're dozing off though, using Glass' infrared and tilt sensors, it'll give you an audio alert and ask if you want to be directed to the nearest rest stop. If you choose...

  • Truvolo turns to crowdfunding to bring its mobile vehicle monitoring platform to life

    Connect Truvolo to your car's data port and boom, you're on the road to "safer and smarter driving," says the startup's founder and CEO, Jaideep Jain. While the mobile platform allows anyone to gain insight into their car's performance and their own driving habits, the company's initial pitch is strongly targeted at family safety. “As a parent, I share the same concerns as others when it comes to handing the keys over to my child,” says Jain. “As a result we’ve created a platform that allows us to stay well connected without impeding on a child’s freedom. The end result is...

  • Check out this amazing motoring app…that you can’t have

    This is the most insanely cool motoring app we've ever seen. Produced by Volkswagen and synth duo Underworld, Play the Road pretty much turns your car into a musical instrument as you drive along the road. While the concept isn't completely unheard of, the app looks like it takes things to the next level. The app, built in celebration of the innovation that sparked the original Golf GTI, gets speed and RPM data from the current model's on-board computer. The steering acceleration and location data is meanwhile calculated from a combination of the accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS receiver present...

  • From smartphone to smart car: Nokia launches HERE Auto

    Nokia's latest ambition? That would be to be the companion on your dashboard. The Finnish mobile giant announced today that its HERE navigation system is moving beyond your smart device and into your car with an embedded system called HERE Auto. Targeted at car makers and the manufacturers of in-vehicle systems, HERE Auto is aiming to be the bridge between your devices by allowing you to sync information from your computer or phone to your car, via the cloud. Say for example you're looking up an address on the HERE website or on your phone before climbing in your...

  • ‘Automatic’ is the monitoring app and hardware combo your car has waited for

    While there are plenty of apps that measure fuel economy and help with remembering maintenance matters, there isn’t one that actually tells you what’s happening under the hood. Automatic is an app and hardware combo that does exactly that: connects to your car’s computer and relays all that info straight to your iPhone. All this for hardware that is priced at US$70. It’s as simple as plugging the little "A" labelled “box" into the car’s OBD-II Data Link Connector and it’s set. Now, you may not know what that is, or where it’s found, but rest assured that it is...

  • Sony’s in-car receivers with App Remote make cables obsolete

    Sony has just unveiled its new in-car receivers with an App Remote that connects to any smartphone and thus eliminates the need for cables. Looks pretty stylish too. In-car CD receivers are ancient but have been getting a few well-needed bumps in technology, though most still keep the CD aspect, which itself is becoming obsolete. Sony's now unveiled in-car receivers with an App Remote that an iOS, Android, Blackberry or Walkman can connect to and play music via Bluetooth instead of using cumbersome cables that last a whole two weeks if you're lucky. The MEX-GS600BT, MEX-BT4100P, MEX-BT3100P and CDX-GS500R models all...

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