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One of the reasons you hate driving in the city will no longer be an issue, thanks to the Parker iPhone app. This handy tool will scope out available parking spots in a variety of different cities, alleviating one of the annoyances that comes with the urban commute.
To ensure you get the most out of this app, Parker will take you through its helpful features and show you how it works its magic (Parker uses real-time sensors found at parking spaces and garages to get its data). You’ll get a rundown of the app’s icons as well as features that let you filter parking searches, show payment methods available and the regions Parker covers.
On the home page of the app, you’re met with two options – Find or Park – that are color-coded to show parking-spot availability (green=best, blue=OK and red=keep looking), as well as the price and time limit of the spot.
The Parker app also comes with options to pay with your mobile phone (only at select locations) and allows you to rate, comment and share info and pictures of the parking spot – that’s for when you snag a really sweet spot and want to brag about it.
The iPhone Parker app covers quite a few cities, including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and New York, with more to be added soon. You can download it for free at the iTunes store.
If you own a Mazda and an iPhone, you’ll want to download the all-new MyMazda iPhone app. This handy free app offers you easy access to service offers, scheduled and factory maintenance reminders, and other important information – right at your fingertips.
Claiming to be one of the first automotive iPhone apps to provide customers with real-time information about their vehicle, the MyMazda app lets you see when you’re due for maintenance, it gives you your vehicle service history and provides you with recall updates. You can also use the app to register your Mazda, update your contact information and select a preferred dealer for each car you register.
Synced with the Mazda Customer Connect (MCC), the MyMazda app has direct mail, email, appointment scheduling, mobile bar coding and a text messaging reminder feature, as well as access to custom tailored service and parts offers and promotions. If you need to book an appointment with the nearest dealer, just use the Mazda dealer locator to find one that’s close to you.
If you’re the forgetful type, MyMazda has got you covered – it will send you reminder alerts for upcoming appointments. Plus, with the GPS-powered car locator, once you park your car, you can type in its location so you can find it easily later on – that feature will come in handy at crowded shopping mall parking lots.
The MyMazda iPhone app is available for download at the Apple iTunes store. Android users can expect to see the Android version of the app released in the next few months.
We’ve all been there – standing in front of a parking lot attendant, trying to remember our license plate number, but for whatever reason, we just can’t think of what it is. Or being stuck on the side of the road with a dead battery, not sure what to do next. When these headaches happen, just use the Jiffy Lube app to get you out of that sticky situation.
The new Jiffy Lube iPhone app lets you store and organize vital vehicle information, and offers tips such as how to jump a dead battery, what to do if your car overheats and where you can find the nearest Jiffy Lube location.
This free app comes with a few features that will come in handy. The My Info feature lets you organize your vehicle information and gives you tips on how to jump start a dead battery or deal with an overheated car. It also offers reminders for your next oil change and inspection information.
It hard to remember things like preventive maintenance, so the “My Garage” feature takes care of it for you. You’ll get tips and basic information, and it puts you in touch with your maintenance schedule.
When it’s time to get your oil changed, the Quick Call feature puts you in touch with the nearest Jiffy Lube, from wherever you are. It will also let you know what services are performed at particular locations, if there are any coupons available and the ability to share coupons on Facebook and Twitter networks.
You can download the Jiffy Lube app for free at the iTunes Store.
You need tire information and you need it right now. If you’re a General Tire customer, you can quickly access all the information you need thanks to their new iPhone app.
This free app gives General Tire customers quick access to tons of product information, as well as a database of pictures and videos. You can browse five separate functions, which include: Tire Descriptions (features sizing and pictures); Dealer Locators with maps; Team GT Race Videos; a Photo Gallery; and a News/Promotions section. If you’re into a little off-roading action, check out what Team GT has been up to – all with just the touch of the screen.
“The General Tire app is just one more way our customers can stay in touch with the General Tire brand,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing, General Tire. “We took the most popular pages from generaltire.com and made them easily accessible to iPhone and iPad users.”
You can download the app for free from the iTunes store.
[Source: General Tire]
When you’re out for a long drive in your electric car, you’ll never have to worry about where you’ll find the next charging station, thanks to the PlugShare iPhone app.
If you own an electric vehicle, you know the stress that comes along with planning a trip according to where you can charge up. The PlugShare app lets you or anyone else sign up to turn their house until an electric vehicle charging station. Since it can be difficult to find a charging station, this is the ideal compromise. Private residences can offer their outlets and extension cords to keep EVs on the move. If you wanted to drop by and power up, you would use the app to call or text to ask permission.
If you want to help out and be a part of the electric solution, you can sign up a house or business address to give EVs a boost. You can download for free at the iTunes store.
[Source: Oh Gizmo!]
You won’t want to take a bathroom break during this commercial. Honda has revolutionized the way we watch commercials, whether they be on TV, mobile phone or the Internet by combining iPhone Apps and traditional advertisements.
To help launch the revised Honda Jazz (Fit in the U.S.), the automaker has created a new interactive app allows iPhone users to virtually catch animated characters as they appear on screen in their new TV advert “This Unpredictable Life”. Once the character has been captured, just drop them into your phone (pretty much how you’d use a PS3 Move or Nintendo wii motion-controller).
This is the first time screen-hopping technology is being used in a commercial. To play along, you can download the app, called “Honda Jazz – This Unpredictable Life” for free from Apple’s iTunes Store. After you’ve downloaded the app, just watch the commercial on your TV, PC or another iPhone. With it, you can collect up to four characters and three mystery objects. You can even interact with the animated stars of the film and bring them to life on your cell phone.
The commercial will be playing in the UK, so If you’ve downloaded the app, let us know how you like it in the comment section below and see
If you’re looking to get more out of your road trip we’ve got an app for you – the Mobil 1 Open Road app. A great free app that let’s you explore great roads and attractions, it will also provide helpful car care advice.
Let’s just say you are planning a road trip. The Mobil 1 Open Road app makes it easy to plan the whole trip, from start to finish. Just pick a category from the drop-down list (like kids’ day out, museums and restaurants) and enter how far you want to drive. This app will show you how to get there and what attractions you should stop at along the way.
Unfortunately, right now Mobil 1 only offers the App in jolly old Great Britain. That being said, if you’re from the UK, or taking a trip to do some driving on the wrong side of the road, the Mobil 1 App will give you the Top 10 Great British Drives to explore, based on what users have been saying about them. It really takes the stress out of planning a road trip, and isn’t the purpose of a trip supposed to be about relaxation?
But the good times don’t stop there. The Mobil 1 Open Road app also has a car care section that tells you when to check your oil, how to check your oil and why to check your oil.
Watch the video after the jump to see it in action, and if you live in the UK, you can download it for free at the iTunes store.
Here’s hoping they’ll make the Mobil 1 Open Road App available in North America soon. Continue Reading…
Another tire game rolls onto the iPhone. Get your engine revving with Kumho Tire Drive.
Kumho Tire USA is behind this free multicar racing game application for fans of speed. The Kumho Tire Drive game puts you behind the wheel of a supercar outfitted with Kumho tires. You take on curvy city streets, as well as famous tracks from around the world. And depending on the weather and track conditions, you can pick which Kumho tires will get you to the finish line first.
But it’s not all about how fast you can go. The game also comes with a garage feature that lets you trade in your points to upgrade your ride. You can turn your basic set of wheels into a classic muscle car or a luxury classic automobile. These points can also be used to modify your supercar with hood scoops, rear spoiler, custom paint and decals.
You can download the app for free from the Apple Store in January, and watch for it to come to Android phones in the near future.
Enjoy the world of Aston Martin through your iPhone with the Aston Martin Explore app.
The modern, exclusive sports car now has a modern app that lets fans of the iconic brand enjoy all things Aston Martin. The free iPhone app comes with a ton of cool features and keeps you up to date with all the latest Aston Martin news. With this app, you’ll be the first to see exclusive Aston Martin videos and images featuring the One-77, DBS, DB9, Rapide, V8 and V12 Vantage. To help lull you to sleep, you can drift off listening to the evocative sounds of the iconic V12 and V8 engines, and first thing in the morning, you can explore the heritage of Aston Martin.
Other features this app comes with include:
- Feel some of the Aston Martin magic, start the app with the in-car ignition sequence.
- Rev James Bond’s car of choice, the DBS by using your phone as an accelerator.
- Take an exclusive virtual tour inside Aston Martin’s global headquarters.
- Keep up-to date with Aston Martin on all social networks and follow live Twitter feeds from key events and endurance races around the world.
- Arrange a test drive and sign up to the Aston Martin newsletter.
You can download the app for free here.
How did we ever amuse ourselves while on the subway, standing in line or just killing time at work before the iPhone came along? It doesn’t matter, because there’s another game you can play while fighting boredom on the go – the ContiTireRace.
The free app from Continental is the first tire game that can be run on the iPhone. In the game, you must make your way around the race track with ContiWinterContact TS 830 as quickly as possible. Along the way, you can collect valuable points that give the rolling tires additional speed and give you better lap times, but watch out for snowy and icy roads that can make driving tricky. Players can manoeuvre their way through the game using either the keys or by tilting the phone.
If you register by December 20, you have the chance to win one of three PlayStation 3 units that Continental will be giving away. All registered players can view their results on the iPhone and see who the reigning champion of the track is.
“With the ContiTireRace, we want to gather experience in the area of eGames and position Continental as brand in the app store,” says Carola Natzel, Manager Business Development E-Business at Continental. “Of course we would like to get young technology fans in particular interested in our company and its products.”
The app is available in English and German and is available for free at the iTunes Store.
We’ve all heard of social media, but how about social navigation? Waze is the first self-described “social navigation” app that uses a community of users to build and confirm mapping based on U.S. government map databases. This community also reports on things like traffic jams and accidents, and the location of speed cams and police activity.
Users can confirm routes and track traffic and road-speed patterns, but like any app that needs others to provide critical information, there will be gaps in map data and other information until enough people are recruited to fill it in.
What you’ll like about Waze is that the approach to building community and getting users where they’re going is done with a healthy dose of humor rather than a just-the-facts approach.
The Waze app is almost like a videogame. Its cartoon-like icon appears when a user drives a road that’s previously uncharted by the app. The icon noms on Pac-Man like dots to earn “points,” and features “Easter eggs” that can earn users bonus points. Users can also change the mood of their driver ID to “cool,” “happy” or “mad.” If you’re all about the social aspect of this app, you can view icons of other nearby Waze users and use the app to find Facebook friends on the road.
Other cool features that come with Waze include it voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and fast route recalculations, and it has a zooming feature and can be integrated with an iPhone’s contacts.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]
If you’ve got room on your cell phone for another app, we’ve got a suggestion for you – download the HD Radio app. This handy app is for drivers who appreciate great sound in their car.
For those of you who don’t want to shell out the extra cash for an HD entertainment system in your car, HD Radio is a great alternative. HD Radio offers better sound quality, extra programming options and new features like iTunes Tagging. But even though the app is free, to use it, you’ll need to pick yourself up a receiver, sold exclusively at RadioShack.
When you combine this app with the Gigaware Navigation Controller, you have the ability to listen to HD Radio FM broadcasting on your iPhone and iPod Touch. The app lets you listen to your favorite radio stations, and offers PSD that lets your know the name of the artist, the song title and other relevant information.
Another great feature is its HD2 and HD3 channels, which are extra FM channels you can only tune into with an HD Radio receiver and well as iTunes Tagging that enables you to tag a song for purchase and download from the iTunes Store.
Initial reviews for thearen’t that glowing. They say that the combination isn’t well designed for behind the wheel, on the fly operation. Some reports says that the controls on both the app and receiver are small and can be dangerous to operate while driving. But if you’ve got a passenger in the car who can operate it why you’re driving, it promises to give you a richer sound experience for your commute.
If you’re interested, you can download it for free here.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]
Do you have room on your iPhone for more app? You’ll want to make room for the AAA TripTik Mobile, a free app that offers small-screen navigation.
You don’t have to be an AAA member to get it (but being a member gets you access to some extra features of the app), the AAA TripTik Mobile gets you where you need to go while letting you know what you’ll find along the route. There’s a scrolling list of Point of Interest (POI) icons for AAA approved hotels, restaurants, attractions, car garages and gas stations.
If you want to stop at one of these POI, just tap on pinpointed icon to get more information, such as address, phone number and AAA reviews and diamond ratings. If you need to stop for gas, the gas station icon shows the brand and price of unleaded and premium fuel.
Right below the POI icons are the Explore and Navigate buttons. The Explore function lets you type a destination in a search box, while the Navigate functions allows typing in a route after hitting a Directions icon. This app also remembers previous routes you’ve typed in.
After your course has been set, the TripTik gives you a turn list, and you can use the Edit icon to change your route. You can use the Co-pilot function to get spoken directions or shake the phone for the next set of directions. For turn-by-turn directions, just hit the arrow under the top border with the Edit, Co-Pilot and Directions button.
There are plenty of icons to play with on this app, including a target that zooms in on your current location and one that opens a screen for your AAA number and phone number, as well as call for roadside assistance, join AAA and give the organization feedback via email.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]