Mobile applications related to traffic and road safety are booming

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This month’s issue of the magazine Traffic and Road Safety, published by the DGT, offers us an interesting story on mobile applications related to traffic.

“Calculate the safety distance, know where the nearest gas station is located, or alert emergency services if you have had an accident. There are apps for all this and much more. Apps have reached traffic to help us. And the DGT launches its own app with updates on traffic, incidents, restrictions, with traffic cameras and custom routes.

Technology and communication are changing our lives. And they reach all areas, including traffic and driving. In Spain, we have more than 18 million smartphones and there are at least 12 million people that use applications every day. An application, also known as an app, is a tool that gives a particular use to an electronic device. In a mobile phone, a tablet, a computer, a television … It’s a program that uses this terminal to provide a service to its owner, making our mobile an instrument to entertain, inform or make our lives easier. And whose theme can be as wide as one could imagine, since applications reach almost all areas of life. Some are free, others you have to pay, and they must be downloaded considering the operating system on your terminal: Android, iPhone, Windows … Its development is dizzying. In 2011, we were downloading 1.4 million applications a day. In 2012, the figure almost doubled and reached 2.7 million daily. 1,875 per minute! 17% of these applications have to do with information services; those related to traffic are the most requested.”

Here I want to make mention of the apps featured  in this report, linking each application with the stores of the main devices (iOS, Android and Windows Phone).

 

WAZE

waze

A social network where users provide the real-time traffic, accidents, gas stations, roads… It will also send the position of each user.

GOOGLE MAPS

maps

Different colours report the traffic intensity with the ability to customize routes, consult the price of fuel, set itineraries on foot or by public transport.

TRAFIC NO!!

traficno

An application for the conditions of the roads, traffic jams and speed cameras in real time. With incidents within a predetermined radius of kms. It “socializes” the information in the Internet.

INRIX TRAFIC

inrix

Provides information about traffic jams worldwide. Send messages and allows sharing on Facebook and Twitter. It helps you choose a route by comparing travel times and traffic conditions.

MOBILE EMERGENCY CALL

mec

An application for cars, motorcycles, and bicycles that detects accidents and sends automated emergency messages via SMS, email, and landline calls.

MOTOSOS

motosos

In case of an accident, if the rider does not disable the alarm, the application sends an SMS with the location to a preestablished contact. Especially useful if travelling alone.

iONROAD

ionroad

Calculates the speed of the vehicle and when it gets too close to another object, a visual signal alerts the possibility of a frontal collision. It also warns about possible lane changes.

RACC

racc

It has two applications. One application, free, has “Infotransit” traffic information in real time; and the newest, “RaccRadares”, a paid app, which informs of fixed and mobile radars.

RACE

race

With service information (time, routes, petrol stations…), it enables you to report irregularities on the road, locate the vehicle and view videos on how to change or put chains on a tyre.

BBBIEN!

bbbien

Developed by Diageo and the DGT, the Bebebien application locates the nearest night transport in all the provincial capitals. Informs on the effects of alcohol and donates € 1 to Aesleme per download.

AVISADOR DE RADARES

avisadorradares

A very successful paid application with information on all types of radars. Marks the speed limits and their distances. Voice or vibration alerts for motorbikes.

DETECTOR DE RADARES

CAMSAM

detectorradares

Provides information on 47,000 radars worldwide. It can work offline or online and updates the information every five minutes.

WIKANGO

wikango

In addition to warning of radars, this application reports accident spots and danger zones. It enables you to record any incident and the information is sent in real time to other users of the application.

iPARKING

iparking

Through geolocation, it saves the position where you left the car parked to show the route back if you have forgotten. It warns when the ticket expires if parked in a regulated zone.

GASOLINERAS BARATAS

gasolinerasbaratas

Locate the cheapest and closest gas station, daily updates the prices and saves your favourite stations. With tips for efficient and ecological driving.

GASOLINERAS DE ESPAÑA

gasolinerasdeespana

Locates the nearest service stations, gives information on fuel prices through a colour code, and informs the cost of filling the tank.

MYTAXI

mytaxi

Shows the location of the taxi, the model; calculates the approximate cost, enables rating the service… The taxi driver downloads the application and pays 0.99 euros per ride. Currently, in Madrid and Barcelona.

ROAD TRIP

roadtrip

Keep track of expenses on fuel and vehicle maintenance. Reminds you when you must have an inspection or when you must change the tyres. It has a paid version and a basic free version.

PARK4U REMOTE

For parking from a mobile. Through nearness sensors, it locates the vehicle and then from the mobile you can accelerate or brake. Comes out in 2014. See here: http://bit.ly/pM9yOV

DRIVENOSIS

Through sensors in the mobile, it collects information on braking, accelerating, cornering sharply… You can see how you drive afterwards. Ideal for novice drivers and driving schools.www.drivenosis.com

 

Read the full article published in the magazine Traffic and Road Safety.

 

Source: DGT – Journal of Traffic and Road Safety  – PrevenControl

 

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