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6 Amazing Car Apps For Your Smartphone

New technologies are emerging every day that enhance the performance and usage of cars. One of the most exciting is the app. “Apps,” short for application software, are easy-to-use programs that progress, improve and entertain people’s lives. They are used to simplify day-to-day tasks. Apps are broken up into categories, like communication, education, weather, news, sports and lifestyle. Used on computers and phones, apps can be downloaded from many different websites. A lot of apps are free, and the ones that aren’t, come very cheap.

How Can A App Improve My Car?

Vehicles are complex pieces of machinery. Safe, efficient driving involves more than just pedal-pushing, car insurance, and wheel-turning. Apps can save gas mileage, raise driver awareness and alert motorists of oncoming danger. Below are some of the most amazing car apps for your smartphone.

Cheap Car Smartphone Apps

1. iGasUp

  • What it does: iGasUp is a useful app that updates drivers on gas station prices and locations. The app uses GPS technology to locate the driver’s position and deliver information based on that location. The 10 nearest gas stations appear on the phone, complete with directions and current fuel prices. iGasUp gets its information from OPIS, the Oil Price Information Service. OPIS is the most trusted source in oil prices, contracts and news. Over 100,000 gas stations are available on iGasUp. The app allows drivers to sort their options by location or price.
  • Why you need it: Gas is an effective benchmark of a society’s success. High gas prices are one of the first signs of a struggling economy. iGasUp wants to help. By allowing drivers to find the cheapest gas in town, the app is contributing to the fight against high gas prices, one car at a time.
  • How much does it cost: $2.99.

2. Parking Meter

  • What it does: This app monitors your vehicle’s parking meter. It also possesses GPS capabilities, allowing you to locate your vehicle in a busy city.
  • Why you need it: The city is one of the best places to drive through. You can pull over at any restaurant, book store or movie theater and experience a great night on the town. There’s just one caveat: the parking meter. Parking meters make hundreds of millions of dollars a year, with much of that money coming from people who weren’t paying attention to their time-slot. When someone forgets about the parking meter, they have to rush back to their vehicle and put in more money, or risk receiving a ticket. Parking Meter puts the breaks on these excessive expenditures by keeping track of time for the driver. It displays the remaining time in large, bright, easy-to-read numbers. It can also alert the driver with a noise or vibration warning.
  • How much does it cost: $1.99.

3. MotionX GPS Drive

  • What it does: MotionX GPS Drive is an innovative GPS app that helps drivers determine where they’re at, where they’re going and how long it will take to get there.
  • Why you need it: MotionX GPS Drive is the best thing to happen to transportation since the engine. It makes traveling a quick, stress-free experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving or walking, MotionX GPS Drive gives you step-by-step, door-to-door instructions. The guidance is live, delivering exact coordinates and addresses. With responsive buttons and quick navigation, the user interface is simple to operate. A convenient search wheel allows drivers to find their destination with just a few clicks. Up-to-date maps, common traffic routes and voice guidance make MotionX GPS Drive an important app for anyone who is trying to get somewhere in life.
  • How much does it cost: $0.99.

Bonus: Free Car Smartphone Apps

1. Trapster

Getting pulled over is one of the biggest driving worries. What corner will the cop pull out of to nab me? Trapster helps reduce this fear by pointing out all the popular speed traps, police cameras and traffic lights in the area.

2. Shazam

Nothing is more frustrating than hearing a good song in the car and not being able to identify it. The radio won’t announce it and you can’t pull over to browse the internet. Shazam searches its 5 million-song database to tell you what is playing.

3. RepairPal

Repairs can be hard to gauge. When should they occur? How much will they cost? What will happen if you don’t attend to them? RepairPal does the worrying for you by giving useful, accurate maintenance advice

App Your Car Today

Apps are trickling into every facet of life. It seems as though there is nothing they can’t alter or improve. Automobiles, the most valued form of transportation, are just another area of life where apps can be useful.

iGasUp, Parking Meter and MotionX GPS Drive were all created with the driver in mind. There are over 10,000 moving parts in the average automobile. Your car insurance quotes can be complicated. Luckily, yhe app industry wants to keep things as simple as possible.

Start your downloading!

Written By

Susan is a freelance writer for an insurance providers comparison website. She is the queen of connecting electronics and cars. Susan is always looking for ways to help people save money through using technology and comparing car insurance. When she isn't thinking about cars, you can see Susan playing soccer for her local semi-pro team.

28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. kevin

    July 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    these apps are amazing!! they are indeed very helpful.. I think these apps will be hot in the market soon.. I would say something about the image though.. isn’t it dangerous cellphones near gasoline?

  2. mx

    July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    As for me iGasUp is most useful from them all.

  3. Naked Crook

    July 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    It is very dangerous to have a phone near a gas pump.

    Shazam is the most useful app on this list IMO.

  4. Erin

    July 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks for the apps and the bonuses too, very useful, love the shazam app 🙂

  5. Pedro Cardoso

    July 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Great article! Almost makes me feel like getting a car. And a fancy smart-phone, too! ^_^

  6. Greg

    July 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    My favorite apps are the iGas Up and Repair Pal, any apps that help me to make and or save money are a plus in my book.

    Nice round up. Cheers!

  7. Jeff C.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Glad you guy like the apps. I think it’s amazing what these smartphones can do.

  8. Jamal

    July 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    These application will sure make versatile Smartphone but these services are too costly to afford.

  9. terry

    July 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    smartphones are becoming really smart.. 😉

  10. Robert

    July 29, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I have only been using the GPS, it has served its purpose so many times. I liked it so much, I am not comfortable leaving home without it. All the apps you have listed here are very useful Jeffrey and their prices are reasonable. Repairpal sounds great, I don’t have much knowledge about the cost and solutions for maintenance. I can just imagine how much time and money I saved if I had this.

  11. jorge

    July 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

    trapster and shazam are really cool apps!!

  12. Ninji

    August 1, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Trapster wins hands down among the free car apps. It’s an easy and practical approach to avoid those tickets in the future. Just hope that most of these apps have voice over/command function so even when driving the driver can still access these apps great features. iGasUp is a bit pricey, but hey, it can be very useful so I think buying it is still worth it.

  13. AD

    August 3, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Relevant apps are now the must have thing for every one. Whether its android devices or iphone there are number of highly productive and good apps. According to my own opinion android market is better for finding addictive games and itunes platform is good for professional or productive apps.

  14. Jeff C.

    August 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    What would be consider the best market?

  15. Ranpur

    August 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hi,
    Thank you for your nice writing. I like it.
    Thanks

  16. Dominic

    August 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Great apps. I really like Pandora for my car. I can plug it in and listen to my personalized radio stations.

  17. Rod

    August 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Great article… tell you why, because I wish I’d had the parking meter app last week as I got fined twice! Although in saying that, people can use the alarm on the clock of their smartphone (or non-smartphone!) without having to pay $2 for an app.

    The one I do own is Shazam – it’s a great app for the car, but only if you’re stationary in traffic – otherwise it could be / is dangerous to find out what a tune is whilst on the move. Stay safe fellow techies! 🙂

  18. Jackie

    August 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Shazam is amazing, who would have thought that an app could snatch frequencies out of mid air! Amazing.

  19. Ariel B.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I can’t wait to download these apps. I already use Shazam and MotionX. MotionX is by far the best GPS navigation system I have ever used. Well worth the subscription if you use navigation often.

  20. Pat

    October 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Wow cool smartphone apps! Will install these one of these days.

  21. Kate

    November 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

    All these apps are really outstanding, Smartphone are getting smarter & just apps make then more and more smarter.

    According to me trapster and shazam are really cool Application among all.

  22. jennifer

    November 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    wooow all these Free Car Smartphone Apps are amazing. Ya kate trapster and shazam are really cool Application

  23. Harvy

    March 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Nice! this are really good apps for cars and i think, they are very useful for drivers like me. technology are getting very advance right now….

  24. Lee

    August 16, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Hi I like the idea of the one that tells you about fuel prices. Where we live they vary so much. It just annoys me. So if I can check which is the cheapest depending on which way I am going thats going to be a great help. One thing people seem to do though is go out of there way to get to the cheapest fuel. In my experience this hasn’t actually saved me anything. But knowing which is the best place to stop in any given area is going to be a great help.

    Thanks lee

  25. Dennis

    April 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    These apps are seem to me quite exceptional to improve car driving experience. Though I didn’t used any of these smartphones apps mentioned. I’m currently being using Android based app GPS HUD to track location my car. It’s a good app as well. Thanks.

  26. Apu

    October 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I think the iGasUp app is very useful than others..

  27. Stewart

    October 24, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Pretty soon standalone devices like GPS units may become obsolete, their places taken by smartphone apps!

  28. Bob Chase

    October 31, 2013 at 6:35 am

    That’s nice GPS application. Keep it up!

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