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These are the 10 Best Apps for Your Car in South Africa

August 26, 2017

South African drivers spend a lot of time in their cars each day. Isn’t it time to give your commute a serious upgrade?  Most of the latest cars offers in-car technologies such as Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. However, what about those of us that drive older cars, but still appreciate cool gadgets and toys for our cars?  We’ve put together a list of cool apps that will bring even the most dated skedonk up to 21st century standards!

Here are the 10 best car apps for your smartphone in no particular order:

1. Waze (Free)

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Screenshots – Waze

Why get it? It’s a smart navigation solution & trip adviser

Waze a completely free Sat Nav solution. The app provides turn-by-turn voice navigation, automatic rerouting and the ability to send your ETA to your friends when you set off on a journey.

It also offers extremely useful community-driven features to keep you informed of accidents, police traps, as well as accidents and traffic jams in your area. If you get only one on this list, it should be this one!

2. FNB nav>> Car (Free to FNB Customers)

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Screenshots – nav>> Car

Why get it? Renew your car license disk online, pay fines and more

FNB customers will now be able to renew their car licence discs online, including delivery to your door, with their recently released nav>> Car app! With this app, you are also able to address other car maintenance needs through the bank’s new nav» Car function which forms part of the main FNB mobile app.

It costs R199 for a one-time renewal, but you can also opt for the subscription option called ‘On-road PROTECT’ which will set you back R95 per month, but includes up to five licence disc renewals with free delivery, payment of traffic fines and more…

See more about this app here…

3. AutoBoy Dash Cam (Free)

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Screenshots – AutoBoy Dash Cam

Why get it? Record events on the road as they happen.

Dashcams are increasingly popular accessories for cars especially in South Africa. It’s always good to have concrete evidence in case of an accident, or perhaps even when you are pulled over by the police.

AutoBoy Dash Cam is the poor man’s dashcam. It is however quite a professional app for recording your trips. It integrates video recording, GPS, routing, over speed warning and augmented reality into a powerful package. AutoBoy Dash Cam and a dash -or windscreen board mount turns your smartphone into a capable dashcam. It might not be as comprehensive as a dedicated unit, but because it’s free, it’s a good substitute.

4. Dashdroid (Free)

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Why get it? Keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road while driving

We all know we shouldn’t use our phones while driving, but we still do. That is why DashDroid was created. DashDroid knows when you are driving, and when you are not. When you are driving, it will put your phone in car mode and perform various functions while you concentrate on the road.

Features such as displaying the current time, weather as well as your current speed, while voice commands ensure you don’t have to take your hands off the steering wheel to make a call or text.

5. Torque Pro (R55)

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Screenshots – Torque Pro

Why get it? See what your car is doing in realtime, get fault codes, sensor data and more!

Torque Pro is an app for troubleshooting your car. It pairs with various OBD 2 devices via Bluetooth. It can then read the codes and let you know what your check engine light is. It’s one of the better car apps for mechanics and those who can do their own car work.

It can also keep track of a variety of stats from your car. That includes a GPS speedometer, alarms and warnings, CO2 emissions, and more.

6. Find My Car (Free)

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Screenshots – Find My Car

Why get it? Ever forgotten where you parked? Find your car easily.

We all have experienced the frustration of forgetting your car location in shopping mall parking areas or multi-level basement parking… haven’t we?

This basic app has been designed to help you find your car by using GPS location services and Internet connectivity. The Find My Car Smarter system automatically saves your parking location.

7. Drivvo (Free)

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Screenshots – Drivvo

Why get it? Keep track of all the costs on your car

Drivvo is one of the most powerful car apps. You can keep track of basically everything. The app helps you save cash and time being your car financial control by keeping track of your gas mileage, fuel economy at the right fuel stations, car service costs, car service reminders, car expenses.

You can use this app to keep track of your expenses for tax season. It also has maintenance records with reminders when more maintenance is necessary.
The free version comes with most of the features. You can go pro to get cloud backup, data syncing, data export, and no advertising. If you want to save money with your monthly expenses, download Drivvo now.

8. iOnRoad Augmented Driving Pro (R15)

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Why get it? A Driving Safety app that warns you of collisions!

An award-winning augmented reality driving safety application that utilizes your phone’s camera to constantly monitor vehicle’s position on the road. The app keeps track of surrounding vehicles and alerts driver of lane departures and possible hazards. The app features some useful options such as collision warning, speed limit and driving analytics with audio and visual cues.

The app uses the smartphone’s native camera, GPS and sensors to detect vehicles in front of the host vehicle, alerting drivers when they are in danger. As the vehicle approaches danger, an audio-visual warning pops up to alert of a possible collision, allowing the driver to brake in time.

9. Discovery Insure App (Free to Discovery Clients)

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Screenshots – Discovery Insure App

Why get it? Good driving earns fuel rewards – get up to R800 back every month.

Through, your smartphone-enabled DQ-Track, which incorporates the Discovery Insure app and tag device, Discovery Insure clients get real-time feedback on their driving, amongst other innovative features. Good driving earns fuel rewards – clients can get up to R800 back every month.

To get your rewards, you need to install our tag device and make sure it’s linked to the Discovery Insure app. Then, activate your Vitalitydrive card by SMS or online, and always swipe it when you fill up at BP. (Use of the Discovery Insure app is limited to Discovery Insure clients who have installed the smartphone-enabled DQ-Track.)

10. Google Maps (Free)

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Screenshots – Google Maps

Why get it? You probably have it already – The go-to smartphone navigation on Android

Once the exclusive domain of bulky GPS units stuck to a windscreen, in-car navigation has changed significantly over the last decade. Google Maps has taken sat-nav to the masses, and most people now prefer the convenience of navigation on their smartphone instead of having to carry yet another object around.

Unfortunately, it still lacks features such as speed and camera warnings, but with free 3rd party aps this can easily be overlaid.

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