Earlier this week at the Geneva Motor Show, Apple unveiled CarPlay, a technology for thoroughly integrating the iPhone into automobiles. It is planned for 2014 models of Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo cars; other partners include BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot/Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota.
Carplay will make Maps, Phone, Messages, and Music apps available on touchscreens built into dashboards and via voice control through Siri. Select other apps, like iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher, will also be compatible.
What about right now? A ton of apps already exist for use on the road – not with as much integration, but for independent use no matter what make, model, or year your car is.
- DashCommand: This app taps into the data generated by your vehicle’s computer. Monitor fuel consumption, horsepower, and torque in real time and enjoy customizable gauges. It also uses GPS and accelerometer sensors on the phone to provide gauges like the inclinometer. A four-time SEMA Global Media Award winner, DashCommand supports all OBD-II and EOBD compliant vehicles worldwide, though a separate hardware interface is also required. The app is currently available for iOS and Android.
- Trapster: As the name suggests, Trapster is an app that alerts drivers about various traps and hazards in real time. It relies on more than 20 million drivers worldwide reporting accidents, construction zones, traffic jams, and police patrols. With appropriate alerts issued by the app, drivers in specific areas can change course or slow down. The app is free on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry platforms.
- Parker: Always have difficulty finding a parking spot in the traffic hustle? Parker aims to make that problem go away. The app provides live parking availability information in more than 30 cities and universities in the United States and United Kingdom, with more general information for over 24,000 lots and garages. Color-coded maps guide drivers to open spaces, and filters can display EV charging stations, handicapped spots, hours, pricing, and payment options. The app is currently available for free for Android and iOS.
- Craftsman Garage Door: More than a simple remote, this app lets drivers check if they have left the garage door open wherever they are. It also opens and closes the door to provide unattended access to neighbors, friends, or contractors while the homeowner is away. Of course it requires a compatible Craftsman garage door opener, but the app itself is free for the iOS and Android platforms.
If you are thinking of building some cool car apps, speak with our experienced team, who can help you in bringing your app idea into reality. To speak with a Zco mobile app development expert, call (603) 881-9200 or email us.