App of the month Dash

This dig­i­tal back­seat driver tracks your wheel skills and lends a hand if/when they go awry

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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

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