I will be posting soon on the topic of electric cars, in the meantime here are a few of my favorite automotive/on-the-road apps (all apps are free unless otherwise stated). (Links open in a new page/tab in your browser.):
Automotive news apps I like on my iPad:
Automobile Mag. News:
Motor Trend Mag. News:
(more Motor Trend apps iOS & Android: http://www.motortrend.com/mobile/app_page/)
—If you have Flipboard you can also get Car & Driver magazine news (maybe others as well).
There’s an app for that!
MPG? “Road Trip Lite”
If you want to know what kind of MPG you’re getting “Road Trip Lite” is a free app, input your mileage, gallons, price per gallon, filled/not-filled and upon your 2nd filling it will begin to give you your current MPG and average MPG. It graphs your price per gallon, miles driven, costs/averages and your MPG for one car. (If you forget to use the app while at the gas station, you can input the info. later, if you have your gas receipt.) You can input/output data in CSV or MS Office format as well. This free app is limited to one vehicle.
You can upgrade to the full version (not free) of “Road Trip” which lets you input unlimited vehicles, adds a service and repair log, expense tracking and more.
“Rest Area Finder”
If you are on an Interstate highway and need to go soon, but want a rest area and would rather not take an exit for a (possibly dirty) gas station rest room, or simply for trip planning “Rest Area Finder” is great for finding rest areas closest to your current location (you can zoom out as far as you need to as well):
Where’s my car? How much time left on the meter? This nifty little app answers those questions with a parked car GPS tracker and parking timer with push notifications, (just remember to open the app after you plug the meter 😉 ).
Kelley Blue Book Official Guide:
A great app for finding eateries and other local businesses when you are out of town (pull over or let a passenger use this, please). https://foursquare.com/download/
Lastly, have you heard Click & Clack the Tappit brothers? Don’t have the radio on at the right time? You can listen anytime…there’s an app for that too! Although you can no longer call in live as they have retired as of last fall (after 35 years), the “Car Talk” producers at NPR are assembling shows using the more than 1200 programs the brothers have recorded since 1987 (it’s well done, you can’t really tell). If you haven’t heard them, they are funny and informative, you must download this app and hear at least one show. The current show is available for free. The weekly show is updated on saturdays at 6pm (I think). They also are continuing their blog for the time being (see below).
Car Talk iOS app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/car-talk/id325965405 (listen to this week’s show via wifi or 3G or better data connection (data rates apply)).
Tom & Ray’s blog: http://www.cartalk.com/content/tom-ray
iTunes podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/npr-car-talk-podcast/id253191823
“Breakdown Lane” In the event of a breakdown, this app helps you locate the nearest consumer-recommended mechanic, (not free): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/breakdown-lane-from-car-talk/id548771566
Website: http://www.cartalk.com Here you can listen online via computer, there’s a consumer-recommended mechanic finder, forums, all kinds of goodies.
Article about their retirement: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/09/entertainment/la-et-0609-car-talk-20120609
(You can find these apps by searching on your mobile device using the name of the app inside the quotes””, or (via computer or mobile browser) by clicking on the hyperlinks above. Some apps may only be available for iOS devices.)