The number of automobile accidents resulting from using smartphones cannot be ignored. And as driving and texting or in general, using your phones while driving have been strongly advocated against over the years, we bring to you these Android apps that aids usage of your smartphone without affecting your driving.
Not only that, they also help ease your driving through a number of ways which includes navigation aid, music and many more. See the apps below;
The one time winner of the Android Application Award, Drivemode helps to ease driving and concentration while incorporating some control features such as broad swipes, taps and voice control to navigate, change songs, and even respond to messages without looking at the screen.
One interesting thing about the Drivemode app is the auto-launch feature. The app starts automatically whenever your start driving. The Drivemode works hand-in-hand with Google Maps and the apps saves history of driving trips – where you’ve been and when.
The “Do not disturb” option allows users focus more on driving by ignoring all calls and text messages while automatically replying them with custom message. The Drivemode is available on Google Play Store, free and has over a million downloads.
Waze is another useful driving utility app. Waze is majorly navigation based but it sure does it right. With maze, you can navigate wherever you wish to go with ease as it provides real-time and up-to-the-minute information on traffic, road hazards, obstacles, alternative routes and even the gas station with the cheapest gas.
Waze estimated time of arrival (ETA) feature is top-notch and let’s say the traffic on your planned route has gone bad, Waze quickly finds an alternative route. Waze is a popular driving app with over 100 million downloads and millions of positive reviews on the Google Play Store.
3. HERE we go
Here we go! is an offline navigation focused app that also aids safe and smooth driving. With this app, you can easily locate your way around town, find the nearest bus station, bike and motor routes.
Here Wego! has a broad traffic and navigation database for about 1,300 cities in the world and unlike Waze, you really do not need internet for full and proper functioning. But Waze provides more updated traffic info than Here we go. However, the offline ability of this ap is advantageous in developing countries with poor internet connectivity.
Here Wego! has over 18 million downloads on the Google Play Store and hundred thousands of 5 star reviews.
4. Car dashdroid
Of driving apps, Car dashdroid happens to be among the top. This app basically provides you with everything you want on your smartphone without having to touch your phone. You can keep your eyes on the road and control your phone.
This app reads out SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook messenger texts and best part, you can reply the texts by voice too. The app also has a speedometer, compass, music player and a smart dialer all that can easily be controlled by a swipe or tap. The Car dashdroid sports numerous skins and themes as was real-time weather and temperature information amongst others.
5. Google Assistant
Although Google Assistant is more of a general purpose app, it also aids in safe and smooth driving by providing traffic info, navigation maps and helps with some other phone activities like placing calls and sending text through voice while driving.
For the best navigation experience, Maps by Google is the best choice. With support in over 220 countries and 150,000 cities, you can discover new places through text and pictures and even save places you would live to visit and places you frequently visit for easy access when you need them later on.
Maps also support offline use but some features won’t function properly without internet.