Apps

Need A Mechanic Now? TomTom And Localeze Team Up To Offer More Options
Need A Mechanic Now? TomTom And Localeze Team Up To Offer More Options

One of the biggest guns in satnav has just inked a deal with one of the largest repositories of local listings to make your life behind the wheel a little bit easier. TomTom and Localeze announced the arrangement yesterday, and the combined service is expected to launch in 2011. By now, everyone...Read More»

Priceline
Priceline App Now Lets You Name Your Own Price For Rental Rides

Maybe you're on vacation, and you've suddenly decided to make a daytrip to the outlet mall. Or perhaps you've sent your car to the shop to have its fender un-bended and need a way to get around town the next few days. Whatever the situation, hiring a rental car on the fly can be a real pain in the...Read More»

USAA iPhone app
Need To Buy A Car At 2:00 AM? USAA Has An App For That.

The USAA iPhone app does a lot of nifty stuff. Apart from letting users manage their USAA accounts, pay bills, and deposit checks remotely, the app also provides many benefits for drivers, including roadside assistance and a handy checklist for folks who've been in accidents. And starting next...Read More»

Trapster screencap
Barely Legal: Trapster's New Features Make Vacations A Breeze & Help You Skirt The Fuzz

We've given a fair amount of coverage to the Trapster app -- and for good reason. At heart, it's a crowdsourced radar detector, which has enraged law enforcement officials and simultaneously made it a fave of drivers who chafe at the thought of going 20 in a school zone. But recent updates to...Read More»

Screencaps from the TripCast iPhone app from Jeep
Share Your Summer Adventures With Jeep's Free TripCast App For iPhone

A couple of weeks ago,we covered a great new app for the 2011 Grand Cherokee. Now Jeep has released a very different application called TripCast, which allows you to share photos, videos, audio, and notes from vacations, road trips, or afternoons at the park. TripCast has the potential to be...Read More»

The 'Open Spot' app for Android
Parking Problems? Google Offers An App (And Good Karma) For That

For commuters and urbanites, we have good news, bad news, and good news. First, the good news: Google Labs has just launched an Android app that may help you find a parking space. The app is called Open Spot, and it allows users to pinpoint the location of any parking space that they're about to...Read More»

Waze.com website
Video: Waze App For Mobile Phones Crowdsources Your Commute

How should you get to work today? Let us count the ways -- via the Waze app for iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and (now in beta) Blackberry. Waze is one in an increasingly crowded field of traffic applications for mobile devices. The service gives drivers advice on which routes are congested...Read More»

DriveGain app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Who Needs EcoGuide When You've Got DriveGain On Your iPhone?

If you're serious about fuel efficiency, there are plenty of tools to help you wring more mileage out of the gas tank -- or the battery, if you swing that way. Some come standard, like the power display found on the Toyota Prius. Others are a little fancier, like the SmartGauge-EcoGuide combo on...Read More»

American Journey 2.0: Socially Networked Road Trip with the Ford Fiesta
The 9 Most Useful Mobile Apps for the Road

According to Mashable.com, today is Social Media Day. And even though we don't fully understand the rationale -- It's the end of Q2? The feast day of St. Theobald (unlikely, since he was a hermit)? -- we're happy to take part in the festivities as long as there's punch and pie. ...Okay, so we've...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle information iPhone app
Video: New iPhone App Has Chrysler Feeling Social

Yesterday saw the launch of two auto-related iPhone apps -- one from Daimler, the other from Chrysler. And if you think you know which was more impressive, you might be in for a surprise. Daimler's app was designed specifically for owners of the new Smart EV, though anyone can download it if they...Read More»

Audi A8 MMI Navigation with Google functionality
Audi And Google Take Top Tech Honors (It's More Exciting Than It Sounds)

We love a good telematics system, and Audi's MMI is a really good one -- so good, in fact, that it took home the award for "Best Embedded Telematics Navigation Product" at the 2010 Telematics Awards. And before you ask: • Yes, there is an annual Telematics Awards ceremony. • Yes, there is a...Read More»

Barrett-Jackson app for Apple
Barrett-Jackson Phones It In With A New Auction App

Given the popularity of eBay's auction app  (and the many spinoffs it has spawned), it was only a matter of time before car auction houses joined the fray. And now, one of the big daddies has stepped up to the plate: just in time for the Inaugural Barrett-Jackson Orange County Collector Car...Read More»

SIRIUS XM on Android
Sirius XM: Now Available On Android Handsets

Owners of Blackberries, iPhones, and iPods have been enjoying Sirius XM through their handheld devices since last year, and now, the popular music/talk/news radio service is expanding its reach with a new app for Android. The app is free, and if you're already a Sirius XM subscriber, there's no...Read More»

Screencap from a video promoting VW's new magazine, DAS.
Video: Volkswagen Launches iPad Magazine For Customers And Fans

No matter how you feel about Steve Jobs or Apple or all things "i", there's no denying that the iPad has -- like the iPhone and the iPod before it -- created a sensation. Apple clearly understands the purpose of netbooks (which is more than other gadget-makers can say), and its engineers have...Read More»

Mercedes Facebook app for the SLS AMG
Apps For Facebook, iPhone Put The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Front And Center

Mercedes-Benz has tried its hand at apps and social media several times in the past year. Some of those efforts have been, well, less than thrilling, but others have proven pretty useful (at least for buyers). Now, the luxury automaker is giving it another go with apps for Facebook and the...Read More»

Screencap showing the Chevrolet Volt app for Android
Video: GM Brings Apps To The Volt, With Help From Google's Android

Yesterday, Viknesh Vijayenthiran mentioned General Motors' plan to release a mobile app in conjunction with its upcoming hybrid EV, the Chevrolet Volt. Today, there's a video to show off that app, and it's so completely gee-whiz, we just had to share it. The video demonstrates what GM's press...Read More»

Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
Yes, Virginia, There Is A Downside To High-Tech Cars: Hacking

The line between cars and computers has begun to blur, leaving tech geeks like us giddy. In-car internet, real-time eco-driving feedback, social media apps: they're all great things, and they point to a day when gearheads and propellerheads will be wearing the same hat. But there is, in fact, a...Read More»

American Journey 2.0: Socially Networked Road Trip with the Ford Fiesta
Cars Are People, Too: Road Trippin' Ford Fiesta Tweets As It Travels

Last week, we told you about a group of University of Michigan students who'd been developing apps for cars. Now, some of those students are about to give their work a test drive -- a long, cross-country test drive in a new Ford Fiesta. But they won't be going it alone: in Fiesta #2, some road trip...Read More»

Turn-by-turn navigation for the Bing iPhone app
One Bing To Guide Them: Microsoft Brings Turn-By-Turn To (Some) Handhelds

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that Google's turn-by-turn navigation service -- currently available on Android headsets only -- is heading to the iPhone. That spells bad news for Garmin, TomTom, and other third-party GPS manufacturers, and unfortunately, there's more where that came from...Read More»