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 |  Jul 22 2011, 7:00 PM

Everything is coming cartoon with ToyToyota’s Backseat Driver app, made just for kids. Designed to make any road trip go smoothly, Backseat Driver will keep kids occupied and let you keep your sanity.

A new brand from Toyota, ToyToyota’s first offering uses a GPS and accelerometer to match  the game play to what’s going on while you’re driving. Basically, your child is following your vehicle (called the Papa Car) in their own car. The idea is to pick up stuff along the way by driving over them. Let’s just say you pass a restaurant – your child is able to pull over in their virtual car, grab something to eat and get some points.

There’s a social aspect to the game as well – players can post their high scores on Twitter, and can compete with others via the game’s online ranking system. And as you collection more points, you’re able to use them towards pimping out your vitual ride.

If you’ve got an iPhone (3GS and 4), iPod Touch (3rd and 4th generation models), or iPad, you can download Backseat Driver for free at the iTunes store. If you want to see it in action before downloading, you can watch the video after the jump.

[Source: All Car Tech]

 |  Jun 28 2011, 3:28 PM

Do you drive better when there’s someone nagging about your skills behind the wheel? You can now get that backseat commentary even when you’re alone in your car, thanks to Mary On Board.

A fun dash-top gadget, the Mary On Board offers criticism, driving tips and navigational advice in two different languages. The device’s designer, Dan Finkelstein, was inspired by his wife and muse Mary, so she would always be in the car with him, if not in physical form.

The idea came to him one day when he was talking on his cell phone while driving, and his wife was reminding him repeatedly that he needed to move over into the right lane. He developed the idea with help from Utah-based company, Design My Idea.

The Mary On Board will tell you, in English or Spanish, helpful tips and advice such as “Admit it! You’re lost because you wouldn’t ask for directions,” and “Don’t you think you should slow down?” You can buy one on the company’s website for $19.95. For every gadget purchased, $1 will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation.

[Source: Cnet]