Friday, August 9, 2013

VW SmileDrive aims to make driving fun

Tired of facing horrific traffic day in and day out? VW wants to make driving fun, and it has now partnered with Google to bring you the SmileDrive Android app to make you smile behind the wheel. This app will track your driving and give you a score and achievements as you reach certain milestones - as miles driven, driving by another SmileDriver, or passing an identical vehicle. But the real fun part is when you use it to make longer trips.

If you're going on a road trip, the SmileDrive app can broadcast your location in real time for your friends to know where you are, as well as upload photos, and create a complete journal to later remind you of all the fun you had.

The only sad part is that the app is restricted to the USA (don't ask me why... does VW or Google think there are no roads in other countries?) So, if you're in a country where you can't use this app, my suggestion is for you to use the even more amazing Waze. It may not have as many bells and whistles, but it also has a very strong community support, and allows you to see live reports from other users (as well as allow you to report all sorts of thing you can see on the road - from traffic to accidents - complete with photos if you want). You can even chat with other wazers if you want to; as well as share your real-time location with friends (a nice feature when you have a group of people meeting somewhere and want to track down where everybody is.)

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