Apps for your apple

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SummaryWe take a look at some killer iOS apps for you and your car. (Just don’t fiddle with them while you drive.)

DRIVEGAIN

Cost: Free

App size: 4.5MB

What is it?

An app that analyses your driving style and helps you identify ways in which you can drive more efficiently and therefore save fuel.

How does it work?

Once you’ve selected the make and model of your car, the next step is to register on the DriveGain website. The app then asks you to strap the phone to a holder before driving so that the phone doesn’t bounce around. The app then uses the phone’s GPS signal to pinpoint your location, and starts calculating your journey score from 1-100 based on various algorithms. The higher the score, the more efficiently you’re driving.

Verdict

The app is quite detailed in its summary and gives you all the information you need to know how well you are driving. If you use it repeatedly over a period of time, it even allows you to compare your performance from previous journeys on the same route, and thus make changes to your driving style if required. The app also lists quite a few fuel-saving tips for both manual and automatic-gearbox cars. We did encounter one problem during a drive, though. The app would sometimes stop recording the journey and look for a GPS signal, even though the phone is in full view of the sky. This affects the journey score and you have no choice but to restart the analysis.

CAR AUDIO DECK

Cost: Rs 58.29

App size: 3.3MB

What is it?

An app that makes using the phone’s music player easy with classic audio system-style buttons.

How does it work?

While the default music player works well, its interface means it’s not the easiest to use on the move. This app is merely a skin for the player with larger buttons and a neat look that make it easier to use when you’re driving.

Verdict

With Aux ports becoming a standard feature on most cars, the use of iPhones and iPods as a music source has increased, but you still have to use the device to change tracks. With Car Audio Deck’s simple interface, we found it easy to select and play songs without having to take our eyes off the road.

DRIVING LICENCE GUIDE

Cost: Rs 58.29

App size: 2.0MB

What is it?

For people who are learning or have recently learnt to drive in India, this is a handy app to have on your phone at all times. It contains a comprehensive list of all our road signs and the steps you need to take to

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