It's a great thing to find that road less traveled, but finding your way back can sometimes be a challenge. The Nation of Go app for iPhone and Blackberry allows you to record your trip from start to finish with the touch of a button. The phone then logs info about your trip using GPS coordinates. You can also take pictures and use GPS tags to identify the locations. The data is uploaded from your phone to the Nation of Go website. Then you can log in from your home computer to see your trip displayed on Google maps, along with data such as distance traveled and trip duration. You can share your trip with friends or keep it saved in your account. You can also search local communities and discover new roads in your area-perfect for scenic drives or Sunday GTG runs.
Available for iPhone 3G/3GS, Blackberry Curve
With more and more states implementing hands-free cell phone laws you have two choices: stop using your phone in the car, or equip your vehicle with a hands-free system. For those without a factory installed Bluetooth system, mObridge has the perfect solution. Its latest release for late-model Volkswagens offers a fully integrated solution that allows you to operate your Bluetooth-enabled phone through all of the existing vehicle controls. In addition to allowing the use of the factory controls, the unit displays call information and phone data in the vehicle's center display or on touchscreen navigation, if equipped. In addition to Bluetooth, mObridge offers a full line of vehicle integration products.
Applications: Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen
VBOX is renowned for making vehicle performance and data logging systems for professional race teams and manufacturers. While the product line is extensive, the company is well known for the PerformanceBox, a windshield-mounted, self-contained GPS data logging and display system that measures vehicle acceleration, g-forces, lap times, and horsepower. The company's latest creation, VIDEO VBOX LITE, takes the VBOX GPS data acquisition system and two bullet cams and combines that with a solid-state video recorder with real-time graphic overlay. When playing back the DVD-quality video for your friends you'll have to convince them that they are really watching you and not some high-end video game.
If you're a BMW owner in search of a reasonably priced diagnostic tool, Bavarian Technic might have just what you need. The company offers Windows-based diagnostic software that works for both BMW and MINI and starts under $300. The software can read and clear fault codes, display and log real-time data, reset service reminders, activate components, and more. This is perfect for the enthusiast who'll want to log and verify engine data after installing upgrades, or even the daily driver who doesn't want to waste money at the dealership investigating every check engine light or resetting service reminders.
Applications: BMW, MINI
*includes two data cables