App of the month Dash
This digital backseat driver tracks your wheel skills and lends a hand if/when they go awry
How’s your driving? Now you can find out without witty bumper stickers with an Android and iOS app that provides you with statistical evidence of your Ryan Gosling-like cornering skills. Dash is remarkably simple to use: a small transmitter box plugs into a port under your steering wheel and monitors progress, from how many kilometers per litre you’re getting to the adeptness of your clutch control.
The app gathers all of this information silently, distilling it into regular notifications and awarding you a “Dash Score” out of 100 for driving competency – or lack thereof.
The app also has your safety in mind. If you crash, it alerts nominated friends and family immediately and dials emergency services. If you break down, it even runs a diagnostic of your car, giving you a rough idea of what’s wrong and a ball-park figure for the inevitable repairs, keeping you safe, in theory, from cowboy mechanics, too.
Encouraging safer, cheaper and more efficient driving is worthy of a merit badge, but it’s the social element that’s surprisingly compelling. Forget drag racing at lights, it’s time to get competitively safe. Who’s with us? Free, dash.by, on Android 4.0+ and iOS soon