Life-Changing Apps: TransportationJuly 21st, 2011 | Posted by in Life-Changing Apps
Last week, we discussed how apps are transforming healthcare and medicine. Due to your positive feedback, we’ve decided to begin a series on life-changing apps. We will discuss apps that disrupt industries, improve your life, and change how the world works.
This week, we’ll focus on apps that change how you travel.
iBart was one of the first iPhone transportation apps, one that started a trend. Immediately after the iPhone was released, the developers at Pandav saw the importance of mobile transportation apps and got to work on iBart.
iBart manages your travel on the BART transportation system from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay area. It comes with a trip planner that doesn’t require internet access (so it works in tunnels), station information, scheduled arrivals, a beautifully designed BART map, and service advisories. Pandav has also released apps for Chicago, DC, and more, so be sure to see what they have available for public transportation in your area.
Getaround was the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC. It’s a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace – kind of like Airbnb for cars. As a car owner, you rent your car to Getaround users for an hourly fee. If you are borrowing a car, all you need to do is use the Getaround app to unlock the car you are borrowing. You can see all the cars available for rent on a map, or you can search for cars by address.
INRIX Traffic helps you find the fastest route to the places you want to go by helping you avoid traffic. It will show you the best times to leave for your destination, and you can save a set of favorite destinations or preferred routes. If commuting is a big part of your life, installing this app once might show you a route that saves you hours per year.
Our office loves Taxi Magic. Enter your location and a pick-up time, and the app will ping a cab in the area to get you. Even better, you can use the app to pay and add a tip at the end of your ride. You’ll also get an email receipt. You need to enter your credit card info and address before you can get started, but once you do, grabbing a cab is easy.
Apps have become an integral part of travel. It’s rare these days to travel for more than a few miles without loading some kind of app. Taking advantage of the best tools available makes travel far easier, whether by helping you worry less, finding you a taxi, or by showing you routes you never knew existed.
We’re always on the lookout for great apps. What transportation apps do you use?