Feeds
85%
iOnRoad Augmented Driving app icon

iOnRoad Augmented Driving

A major contribution to road safety?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Android App of the Week

Reg Hardware Car Week

Possibly the most - only? - useful augmented reality app I’ve come across, iOnRoad Augmented Driving uses your phone to provide a selection of handy driving advisories and warnings not unlike those provided by the latest Ford Focus.

The app uses your phone’s rear camera to scan traffic in front of you. It warns you of any potential collisions as well as keeping you informed of your speed and direction of travel.

iOnRoad Augmented Driving app in action

Green is good

What's really handy, though, is that it keeps watching and running in the background so will warn you of any potential dangers even while your satnav app is running in the foreground to tell you where to drive.

The main safety function is a distance-to-the-car-head warning. When a car comes within range, the gap between is coloured green, then orange and then red the closer you get. Then a warning chime sounds.

iOnRoad Augmented Driving app screenshot

iOnRoad's user-set speed warnings are handy

There is also an alarm when you stray out of your lane, and an option to set a maximum speed which, if you exceed, will prompt the app to wag a virtual finger at you. Though it’s not exactly a safety feature, I also like the handy compass, which shows your what bearing you are on.

The app can also read out text messages and e-mails while you are driving and operates a points system to rate your skill behind the wheel. Take a final snapshot when you park and the companion Car Locator app will add a GPS fix and Google Maps pin to help locate your motor.

iOnRoad Augmented Driving app screenshot iOnRoad Augmented Driving app screenshot

Pick the info you want on screen (left). There's a separate app for locating your vehicle in large car parks (right)

The developers also host a web portal that you can use to keep track of your travels by logging in with your Google account, though this will naturally raise privacy issues for some users.

On the go, you can take snaps of interesting sights and events by just tapping the camera icon. If you want to take more than one shot you can set the camera to burst mode and you can make posting to Facebook fully automatic.

iOnRoad Augmented Driving app screenshot

The online Log shows you were you were driving like a berk

RH Recommended Medal

iOnRoad is just out of beta for Android - an iOS version is “coming soon” - and currently free while the developer continues to polish off some the rough edges - GPS lock was sometimes a bit tardy on my HTC Desire HD - and is well worth a try. ®

Size 5.3MB
Apps2SD No

iOnRoad Augmented Driving app QR code

We make our choice of the best Android smartphone and tablet downloads every Tuesday. If you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More Android App of the Week Winners

Ten Android Games AppAware AirDroid FilmOn WikiHow

The essential guide to IT transformation

85%
iOnRoad Augmented Driving app icon

iOnRoad Augmented Driving

An augmented reality driving app to keep you on track and at a safe distance from the vehicles in front.

More from The Register

next story
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.