Best Driving Apps For 2020

Posted: Jan 7 2020, 9:45am CST | by , in Technology News

 

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Best Driving Apps for 2020
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The world is full of apps that make driving a whole lot better. Here's a list of our favorites.

Technology is defining cars more and more as we head into the second decade of the 21st century. Did you ever think we'd rely so heavily on our phones? Or that car interiors would transform into functional copies of our phones? Probably not.

And yet, the possibilities continue to expand. If you're not already taking advantage of the wealth of information available through your smartphone for driving, you should check out these apps. They could save you valuable time, keep you safe in an emergency or just make your trip more enjoyable.

Google Maps

Unless you've been living under a rock during the decade that just passed, you've used Google Maps. It's one of the most well-integrated navigation solutions out there, with reliable data on road conditions and wait times. While Google remains the frontrunner, Apple Maps, Waze and other navigation solutions are also improved in 2020.

Android Auto/Apple CarPlay

More and more cars are coming standard with these helpful integration suites, and once you've experienced them, you'll find that it's very difficult to go back. For the uninitiated, imagine having your phone's home screen on a touch screen in your car. It's pretty much exactly that, but you can't get distracted browsing Instagram.

AAA

It's no secret that an AAA membership can be invaluable if you need roadside assistance. The Automotive Association of America has been assisting people who encounter trouble at the roadside for decades, and thanks to a new and intuitive app, it's easier than ever to get help if you're in a pinch.

Drivermatics Dash Cam

Camera recordings from inside your car can provide valuable evidence if you're ever involved in a crash or witness someone else's crash. Of course, you can also use a dashcam to record the scenic places you go or document exciting drives in your sports car. This app will turn your smartphone into a dashcam, provided you have a bracket that can place the camera at a good viewing angle. Be warned, however, that it can use a great deal of memory on your phone.

Turo

If you love driving, you probably want to try out some different cars. Or maybe you don't love it, but you spend all your days driving rentals. Turo is like Airbnb, but for cars. People rent their personal cars out, which opens a world of options and will get you around the requirements of rental car centers and their long waits to reach the counter. There's full insurance coverage, and depending on what you want to spend, you can take out anything from an economy car to vintage muscle and modern exotics.

These are our choices for the top driving apps of 2020. We tried to include a little something for everyone and left the podcast/music apps off because they're applicable outside of the context of driving. Do you use one or all of these apps or have a favorite that you'd like to see added to this list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.

 

 

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