Green Operations

iPhone Apps to Aid Your Fleet

March 2010, Green Fleet Magazine - Feature

by Justina Ly

Mileage and Maintenance

Car Care ($4.99) is a customizable gas mileage and car maintenance tracking app that you can use on all your vehicles. The app calculates fuel economy using miles, kilometers, liters or gallons, and also measures how different fuel types are performing on a fuel economy basis. The app also keeps track of oil changes, tire rotations, car waxes and other types of service and provides custom service reminders.

Car Minder Plus ($3.99) helps manage vehicle maintenance needs, keeps a repair log and tracks fuel economy for multiple vehicles. With this app you can keep track of multiple cars, services (i.e. oil changes, tire rotations) and repairs. Car Minder's Gas Log lets you track gas consumption, by displaying your average mileage and most recent mileage, and comparing your last fill-up to your average. You can also e-mail your vehicle's service and repair history to anyone.

Gas Cubby ($6.99) helps drivers track gas mileage and vehicle maintenance. Drivers can keep tabs on their MPG, gas prices and expenses. The app also tracks service expenses and provides customizable service reminders. The app stores vehicle data (i.e. VIN, license plate, etc.) and supports multiple vehicles.

Trip Cubby ($6.99) is from the same developer of Gas Cubby, but designed for drivers who need to track mileage for tax deduction or reimbursement purposes. The app allows you to log expenses for multiple vehicles and drivers. The app supports both miles and kilometers and has customizable reimbursement rates. If data entry is interrupted by a phone call, the data will be stored and retrieved on the next launch of the app.

After you're involved in an auto accident, log the details, photos and other information using the iWrecked app (free). The app provides fields for recording the location, date, names and insurance information of the other driver. The app also can help you find a nearby taxi and/or towing company to assist you. Use the app to generate a detailed, PDF accident report with images, which you can send directly to your insurance company.

RepairPal (free) provides repair estimates, a directory of local repair shops based on your city or ZIP code, and user reviews of those shops. The app also helps you locate the nearest tow trucks to receive roadside assistance. You can store all of your service and repair information for all of your vehicles on a custom My Car page. The app currently covers most U.S. models 1990 and newer.

Green & Fuel Management

greenMeter ($5.99) measures your vehicle's engine power and fuel economy, and evaluates your driving to increase efficiency, fuel consumption and cost and lower your environmental impact. Results are displayed in real-time.

AccuFuel ($.99) allows you to see how your driving habits affect fuel-efficiency. You can view gas mileage according to the kind of car you drive and keep track of multiple vehicles. You can also customize the app to use the full odometer readout or the trip odometer.

iGasUp ($2.99) displays the 10 lowest gas or diesel prices or the 10 closest stations to your current location. If you plan to fill up later, you can enter your destination's ZIP code and the app will provide the 10 cheapest fueling options in that area. The app also provides gasoline brands, directions and the distance to each station using Google Maps. Oil prices are provided by Oil Price Information Service, which also provides
price data for AAA and Garmin.

Navigation

Trapster (free) alerts you as you approach speed traps, red lights, speed cameras and police check points. Audible voice alerts can be given in English, French, German, Spanish and other sound themes. Drivers can see speed traps that are entered by law enforcement officials or validated by moderators. Functions include Caravan, which allows you to see and communicate with other users in real time.

AAA Roadside (free) allows drivers to contact AAA for roadside assistance. Through the app, drivers submit their member information, location of the vehicle, type of vehicle and problem with the vehicle, and AAA will send a trained technician to respond. The app confirms a driver's request and provides information on nearby locations of AAA-approved auto repair shops, AAA branch offices and discount providers. Users can also view their AAA card with this app.

Vehicle History Reports

Carfax makes instant access to Carfax Vehicle History Reports available for subscribing dealers. Several wireless dealer management solution providers have partnered with Carfax to integrate Carfax Reports in their programs. Using easily downloadable applications or dedicated handheld devices, dealers can get immediate access to their Carfax account. Solution providers who have integrated with Carfax include: Autoniq (www.autoniq.com), AutoRevo (www.autorevo.com), CarTextInfo (www.cartextinfo.com), Chronosafe (www.vinhunterpro.com), GigglePop.com (www.gigglepop.com), Laser Appraiser (www.laserappraiser.com), Liquid Motors (www.liquidmotors.com) and vAuto (www.vauto.com).

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