Have A Car? Have An IPhone?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

If you answered yes to both questions, chances are you’re feeling relatively isolated from the economic pressures of the recession. Congratulations! Now go treat yourself to one of these iPhone applications compiled by CarType. Thanks to the power of Steve Jobs you can now shop for car insurance, look up the lowest gas prices in town, receive RSS updates on cars for sale, receive press releases from MINI, VW and Mercedes Benz, calculate your mileage, look up EPA ratings, receive traffic alerts in a number of countries, and play a plethora of time-wasting games all from your phone. Delphi’s James Bond-like bluetooth control for complete vehicle systems (first teased a year ago) is, sadly, still not available on the consumer market.

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  • Flashpoint Flashpoint on Jan 31, 2009

    Nullomodo NYC ! www.nycenet.edu We get paid more than most places in the country because our living costs are much higher. This job's unions have worked the system to ensure a teacher with 2 kids at home would be able to support herself... for a bachelor like me - this job is butter.

  • Akitadog Akitadog on Jan 31, 2009

    Since we're bragging about secure high-paying education jobs and all... My wife has taught in DC public schools for 7 years (ESL) and just got her national board certification on the first attempt.She holds 2 masters degrees (Ed. & Labor Relations) I think it's safe to say she is one of the better teachers in the system. She and her co-workers generally agree (and have loads of horror stories illustrating) that a school's administration is usually the least competent aspect of a school body and often is what keeps teachers from doing their best job. Usually it's by insisting that teachers do their job the way the admin wants them to, by using X system or method rather than how that teacher does it best. The administration feels like their oh-so-bright ideas will do the trick and feel like they are contributing, never mind that most of them have next to zero experience as a teacher or any instinct on what the students need. Of course, maybe that's just isolated to DC...

  • AJ AJ on Jan 31, 2009
    Robstar : January 30th, 2009 at 4:48 pm Hopefully people do not use their car & iphone at the same time. Thanks for the public service announcement... (sigh) Anyway... the iPhone is amazing. Besides being a phone, it syncs with multiple email accounts, my address book, calendar, photo library, web bookmarks, offers a full web browser, tons of utilities (via the Apple Ap Store), GPS maps (shows current traffic conditions and routes via Google Maps including to search for businesses), games, iPod/ video iPod that plugs into my vehicles, and not to mention that it also controls my Apple TV via WiFi. It is a most amazing piece of technology! I just look forward to when I can start a car with it, and even check in with the computer on whatever codes it throws. Now if only I could through my iPhone tell my daily driver to drive me to work while I sleep in the back seat... now that would be cool!

  • Erics4 Erics4 on Feb 03, 2009

    There was a bit of conflicting information in that video. First he says they're using bluetooth. Later he says they're accessing everything from the Safari web browser. Given the (artificial) capability limits placed on the iPhone, it has to be one or the other. Safari seems like a much more likely candidate than Bluetooth ("without modification"), albeit likely not nearly as secure. So, which is it?