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Download the 20 apps that have the power to reshape the future of fleet and driving.

 

 

 

 

Waze

At its debut, this navigation app had to overcome a ‘chicken and egg’ scenario. Its success depends on high numbers of drivers using the app, because their real-time travel data provides the traffic information upon which the app fine-tunes its route planning. The fact that 50 million drivers have now downloaded the app proves how well it works.

 

Going abroad

Developed by the European Union, this is a basic yet highly useful app for anyone driving in a foreign country. It includes details of the speed limits in EU countries as well as local traffic laws, such as mobile phone use while driving and drink-drive limits.

 

INRIX

Using ‘self-learning’ technology INRIX models the time of day and and route of its users’ regular journeys, such as the drive to and from work. It then calculates optimum departure times to avoid both actual and predicted traffic congestion, and delivers smart alerts and re-routing options if there are hold-ups on typical journeys.

 

Google Maps

The encyclopedic nature of Google Maps is truly impressive, with road plans for 220 countries and street maps for more than 15,000 cities. Its satellite navigation service is easy to use, and enriched by business information for over 100 million companies.

 

Freeedrive

Drivers can avoid the perils of smartphone distraction with this fleet-focused app that activates automatically when a vehicle ignition starts. It has the capacity to block applications that are considered dangerously distracting to drivers, and sends phone use compliance reports to fleet managers.

 

BlaBlaCar

Forty million people have downloaded this long distance car sharing app that pairs drivers with passengers planning to make the same journey (and share the costs). The ‘blabla’ is a reference to how chatty you are while driving. A new pilot, BlaBlaLines, extends the same philosophy to short journey commutes.

 

Uber

King of the disruptors, Uber has transformed the ride hailing world. The app connects private hire cars with customers, informs users when the Uber car will arrive, and estimates the journey cost and time. It’s operational in 615 cities worldwide, has a business-specific service, and now includes public transport times in 50 US cities.

 

 

 

 

Gett

If Uber has allowed anyone to become a taxi driver, Gett is an app for official, licensed taxis - more than half of London’s black cabs run Gett. The app boasts 6,000 corporate clients globally, and it’s operational in 100 cities worldwide.

 

Mileage Track

Bringing greater accuracy to business mileage records, this app, created by The Miles Consultancy (TMC), allows drivers to use their smartphone to record every journey as business or private, and track its exact distance via GPS. Data is automatically uploaded to TMC’s mileage capture system, keeping expense and tax departments happy.

 

Trainline EU

If fleet managers are to become mobility architects, they will need to give employees access to apps like this. Trainline EU lets users search and buy train tickets via a smartphone for travel in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. It’s possible to pay via Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or PayPal.

 

ParkMe

An app that does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a comprehensive parking database that includes more than 31 million parking spaces in 90,000-plus locations in 4,200 cities and 64 countries. The app helps drivers find the cheapest and closest parking space, including some for which you can pre-pay to guarantee a space.

 

Parkopedia

Increasing numbers of car manufacturers are installing this app in their vehicles as part of their connectivity initiatives. The app allows drivers to find the closest parking to their destination, tells them how much it will cost and whether the space is available. It’s also possible to reserve and pay for some parking spaces via the app.

 

WeProov

WeProov saves time and avoids disputes by giving drivers and fleet managers the tools to prove the state in which they find or leave a vehicle. The app guides drivers through a full vehicle condition report, including photos, prior to driving it, with the report is automatically sent to the fleet manager.

 

Fleetbutler

Converting dormant assets into revenue-generating machines, this app enables fleet owners to extend the use of their pool vehicles to all employees, then track who is driving them and charge accordingly. Drivers can reserve vehicles via the app and then use their phones for keyless entry.

 

Assisto

The time consuming process of managing vehicle accident claims gets a welcome efficiency boost with this app. It stores driver, vehicle and insurance details, and after a collision makes it simple for the driver to send all necessary details to the fleet owner and insurer. The result is a faster, easier and more accurate process.

 

 

 

Rome2rio

Acting as a personal travel agent, this impressive companion for national and international travel enables users to search all viable modes of transport between any two destinations in the world, estimating the time and costs of using airlines, trains, buses, ferries and hiring cars.

 

Whim

After a successful trial in Helsinki, this app is pioneering the concept of ‘mobility as a service’. Subscription and pay as you go packages will provide comprehensive travel solutions, giving access to public transport, taxis and car hire.

 

 

 

Moovit

With its comprehensive guide to public transport times, stations and routes in more than 1,200 cities worldwide, this app is the ideal companion to navigate travelers in the shortest, quickest route across urban areas. It includes turn-by-turn navigation, so users can walk, bike or drive to their destinations.

 

 

 

WayzUp

More than 60 major businesses in France support this car sharing app for commuters. There are now about 75,000 daily journeys available to share.  An international expansion must surely be on the cards.

 

Qixxit

With a full suite of mobility functions, the Qixxit app assesses 15 different types of transport, including bike hire, car sharing, taxi, bus and train, to help users calculate the optimum inter-modal means of travel for their journey. It’s so far only available in Germany.

 

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 09:15Jonathan ManningSmart MobilityEurope

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