6 iPhone and Android apps every driver needs
Sitting behind the wheel is not everyone’s favorite place. Whether you love it or hate it, there are plenty of ways to improve your driving experience. Your smartphone, for example, is full of apps that can help you improve your driving experience.
Here are the best iPhone and Android apps that every pilot should use.
1. Find my parked car
This application allows you to record the location of your car when you leave your vehicle. When you’re ready to get back to your car, open the app and it will guide you to your parking spot.
You can also set an alarm to alert you when your parking permit is about to expire, add a note with the parking lot floor, parking zone information or even your license plate information. The iPhone app also supports Apple Watch, so you can view your step-by-step walking navigation in the Maps app.
The premium version of the Find My Parked Car app displays your parking history for your last 20 trips. It also offers a dark mode and removes ads. These are one-time fees, so if you are bothered by frequent ads, it’s good to know that you have the option of paying a few dollars to turn them off.
To download: Find my parked car on iOS | Android (free and premium version available)
If you’ve opted for an electric vehicle, it’s wise to plan ahead and schedule car charging stops along your journey. The PlugShare app lets you do just that. Through the app, you can find charging points for electric vehicles in North America and Europe. There are over half a million EV charging points listed in the app, and it’s completely free.
First, you find the place where you want to charge your car (you can search by city, zip code or known places, like airports). The PlugShare app will display all known charging points on a large map. You can then tap on each location to view information about that point. This includes the cost of using the charging point, its exact location, photos and reviews left by other users of the PlugShare app.
Once you’ve signed up, you can enter your vehicle details and plan routes, which take into account the distance your car can travel between charges and available charging points. So if you’re planning a trip from Hollywood to San Francisco, most EVs will need at least two full charges. The app lets you add them to your trip, so you can plan your stopovers accordingly.
To download: PlugShare on iOS | Android (free)
3. Radar robot
Radarbot uses GPS to locate your position and alert you of speed limits. Of course, it’s important to always stay within the speed limit when driving, but sometimes you may not be aware of the limit on the road you are driving on. So a Radarbot alert can help you avoid costly fines and points on your license.
You can create a shortcut on the iPhone app so that it automatically connects to Bluetooth or CarPlay in your car, to keep you informed while you drive. Radarbot works with your usual route app.
The Rararbot app also tells you what type of speed camera you are approaching, so you will know if it is a medium speed camera, traffic light camera or normal speed camera.
By subscribing to the Radarbot app, you get rid of advertisements and access automatic speed camera updates. You will also be able to access offline navigation and speed camera alerts, real-time traffic, speed cameras and incident alerts worldwide. The subscription also gives you the option of choosing the route with the fewest speed cameras, offline 3D maps, road speed limit alerts, etc.
To download: Radarbot on iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)
4. Smart dash camera
The Smart Dash Cam app allows you to use your smartphone as a dashcam. All you need is to mount it on your windshield so the camera can see the road, and the app does the rest.
You can preset the app to record continuously every time you drive or just in case of an impact. The app also has an autofocus feature and the ability to overlay your car’s license plate information along with a map to clearly show your location. You have the option to turn audio recording on or off, and you can either use all the available storage on your phone or specify a set amount to use and the app will record over the old footage in a loop.
The app allows you to either set your phone screen to black, minimize distractions, or view live images. It should be noted that the Smart Dash Cam subscription just removes the ads, but you have to pay monthly or annually – these are not a one-time charges.
To download: Smart Dash Camera on iOS | Android (Free, subscription available)
If you’re heading to a new place and don’t know where to park, you need Parkopedia. Parkopedia is well on its way to mapping and listing all the parking spaces in the world. To date, Parkopedia has grown to cover 70 million parking spaces in more than 15,000 cities around the world, thanks to contributions from drivers.
You can use this app to find parking by using your current location or by entering an address. Additionally, you can get directions directly to the space and see real-time parking space availability, if applicable (a premium upgrade is required for this). The app allows you to find opening hours, payment methods, up-to-date prices, etc. It allows you to quickly narrow down parking choices using filters, including free parking, street only parking, accepted credit cards, and more.
The premium version gives you the possibility to book and pay for parking through the app and to display real-time parking availability in certain car parks
To download: Parkopedia on iOS | Android (free and premium version available)
What3Words has essentially replaced the prescription survey maps. The developers broke the world map down into three square meter pieces and assigned each piece three random words. For example, when you search for a location on the app, you get a list of three words. Conversely, if someone gives you three random words (let’s use “hiker, perches, expiring”), you can put it in the app to see the location (Stonehenge in this case).
The app is designed to help emergency services know exactly where to find you if you’re stuck in an unfamiliar location and offline, so you can’t use the map app on your smartphone. You can also use the app to schedule exact meeting locations, tell auto breakdown services exactly where you are, and more.
What3words addresses are accepted by many emergency services, breakdown services, and delivery companies around the world. Businesses and hotels display what3words on their contact pages and booking confirmations, anywhere you would normally find location information.
To download: what3words on iOS | Android (free)
Make driving fun
Driving doesn’t have to be a chore. Downloading apps to your smartphone can definitely help make your trip less painful. Why not create a collaborative Spotify playlist with your friends, to make your journeys even more enjoyable?
Here’s how you can create and share Spotify playlists with your friends and family on desktop and mobile.
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