iPhone app keeps all UK car data at your fingertips
Want up to date data for all new cars currently on sale in the UK? This new app from DrivenData Ltd might be just up your street. A great resource for us at YW, it is bound to satisfy the geek in you! Press the big red START button, which gives you a cute blip of supercar engine (we’re guessing it’s a Ferrari of some sort, certainly a V8 – can you correct us here?!) and cruise to the car of your choice. You are greeted with easy intuitive navigation and a few photos of each car, clearly plundered from each manufacturer’s press service, along with current price and spec. Actually DrivenData has 300,000 up-to-date facts across 80 technical and specification categories, including: price, engine size, fuel consumption, maximum speed and CO2 emissions, which makes for great browsing. The best part is that the data is updated every month, and all part of the initial 2.39 UKPounds download price.
Fascinated by the possibility of having a head up display, that can be used in any car, we downloaded iHUDisplay lite. This is a simple iPhone app that will work with any GPS equipped iPhone. It displays your speed , course in degrees, altitude and time. Not only that but it has a speed camera warning system built in, and all for free ! Read on for more info and review: click “continue reading” below movie
When we spotted a new iPhone app on Ferrari’s Facebook pages, we instantly had to investigate. It turned out to be a genuine Ferrari factory approved app that brought you real recordings of the current car range. App downloaded and installed we took a 458 for a test drive. Tap on the photo and you get a dashboard replica and the engine starts automatically. Shame there’s no actual engine start button. You’re in neutral so tap the UP shift button to go through the gears. Tilting your iPhone increases the throttle. You get the full rev range recorded for real at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track, allegedly. Just where did they find the room to hit the 320km/h speed we saw in 7th gear ?!
Sounds are rich and raucous, and we found the experience quite evocative. Main instruments are reproduced faithfully and simply, but we yearned for a visual feast. Maybe the experience of too many racing games left us wanting to see a representation of the Maranello test track, as a challenge to match revs and gears to. You could of course, plug your iPhone into your car’s radio system and try to match the driver’s gear and throttle inputs, and thus change your Fiesta into a Ferrari! Avoid the Automatic Speedometer option as you’ll want to change ratios manually for a fulfilling fling. The 430 Scuderia, presented in Race mode suffers slightly from a sort of synthetic stepping in lower rev range on accelerator lift-off, but we can live with that. We also found it difficult to replicate the throttle blipping that you might use in the real world. Put your phone flat on a table to momentarily attend to some other pressing, more meaningful purpose, and you’ll find a full 9,000rpm screaming at you! Quit the app though, and the sound fades graciously. Overall the deeper growling sounds of the 599 GTB or California are more relaxing. To compliment the aural attacks you’ll find some technical spec pages and image galleries, but that’s your lot.
In the UK you have to shell out UKP 1.19 (US$ ) for the privilege of generating a Ferrari fanfare. Whilst cheap, you can’t help wondering when you will ever use it once you’ve proved your geekiness down the local pub. In sum, not an app you’ll keep using for long. If it was free it would be a good PR exercise for the manufacturer, but as a paid app it leaves us with a slightly vacant, is-that-it feeling.
On November 3, 2009, In News, Satnav, by yellowwheels
Tomtom iPhone satnav
Tomtom have made version 1.1 updates available for their satellite navigation apps for iPhone. There has been speculation as to whether these would be free. Good news: We can confirm that they are free updates. Bad news: you have to download the whole app and its data again. This is a hefty 241MB (which took nearly 90 minutes to download in YW office) for the UK & Ireland, and a whopping 1.44GB for the Western Europe edition, so best to wait till you go to bed and leave it downloading overnight…All updates are only available through the iTunes app store.
Rather than offering a flock of new features, the update disappointingly just addresses a few small issues, improves contacts interaction with the app, and enhances the display accuracy of your position rather than any GPS improvements. Happily, the upgrade doesn’t overwrite your favourites and replaces the old version automatically. Advertisment
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On October 16, 2009, In Cars, Satnav, by yellowwheels
Tomtom, iPhone, Merc in Zurich
Tomtom satnav app for iPhone – a practical test of Western European version
(version 1.0 on iPhone 3G running OS 3.0)
Yellowwheels’s car for the long journey to the Frankfurt Motor Show, via Spa, Nurburgring, and back via Zurich and the Swiss Alps, didn’t have a satnav fitted. The Mercedes E-220 proved to be an ideal car for the trip, but also a good chance to test the practicality of using a phone based satellite system rather than an OEM built-in or dedicated, stand-alone unit.
Our journey started well, with a smooth trip down to Eurotunnel for the short train shuttle to France. The Tomtom had already suggested that the fastest route to Frankfurt was via the motorways of southern Belgium. We followed it’s route feeling confident but, as reported in our initial test of the UK edition of the Tomtom app, the lack of satellite accuracy built into the iPhone can be a problem (now addressed by the availability of the Tomtom car kit).
YW have been waiting quite some time for a real satnav app to become available for Apple’s iPhone. When the 3G version came on the scene about a year ago sporting GPS built in, our hopes were high, but we had to do with Google Map’s approximation: not real satellite navigation, more moving map showing current position and suggested route. This was fine until you either went into an area of poor mobile reception (good service needed to download the next map) or missed a turning as it would not recalculate the route.
The much anticipated Tomtom satnav app for iPhone was released last week on 18th August. We downloaded version 1.0 immediately and installed it on a 1 year old 3G model running iPhone 3.0 OS (Operating System). we don’t have a 3Gs but decided that if it worked well on the older model, it should bode well for the newer machine and be compatible with a huge number of iPhones. We downloaded the UK and Ireland app at £59.99, very expensive for an iPhone app, but good value if you consider the cheapest satnav devices start around the £100-150 range. The app installed fine, and started up reasonably quickly.
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