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5 Indispensable Mobile Apps for Your Car

Posted on: September 10, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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It’s every boy’s dream to be able to drive a full sized car from their smartphone. Even James Bond had one! In the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond used his Erickson cell phone from the backseat to drive his BMW 750iL around a parking lot, whilst a gang of tuffs shot at him. Exciting stuff!

Unfortunately, using your mobile phone to control your car like James Bond is still a fantasy for those of us without access to Q-Branch however; there are some other cool ways you can make your phone and car interact with each other. And they won’t break the bank either.

Car phone
Photo by: GreatGrowler

ViperSmartStart

iPhone/Android/Blackberry – free
Mobile apps such as the Viper SmartStart system and Text2Car let you remotely start and locate your car from virtually anywhere with GPS signal, and can be downloaded onto your smart phone from iTunes or the Google Play store. The ability to start your car remotely benefits drivers in colder climates, who usually have to wait a long time for their car’s engine to warm before they hit the road.

Anti Sleep Pilot

iPhone – $1.99
This Danish app helps you combat driver fatigue by giving you alerts at random intervals which test your reaction times. These include hitting a big button as quick as possible to measure your alertness.

GoPoint

Android/iPad/iPhone – free (but you need to buy a cable)
More than just a mobile app, GoPoint connects your mobile or tablet to your car’s on-board diagnostics post through a special cable and measures data such as your average fuel use and engine parameters. This app is ideal for those enthusiasts who love working on their pride and joy and works on similar diagnostics that your local mechanic uses.

Trapster

Android/iPad/iPhone – free
An essential road companion, this smart map-based app reveals all the speed and red-light cameras trying to trap you in area, as well as alert you to current accidents and heavy traffic. One of the funky features of this app is that the alerts come in a wide array of voices including dinky-di Aussie, stiff Brit, hillbilly, sultry woman and even Freddie Kruger.

Vlingo

Android/iPhone – free
Vlingo is your all-rounder app to help you multitask on your phone without taking your eyes off the road. You can dictate text messages with good accuracy, call a contact from your phone book, integrate with Facebook and Twitter accounts, perform web searches and find businesses and locations. The great thing about it is that the app is quick, intuitive and easy to use.

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