Backseat driver game
Toyota’s own entertainment division ToyToyota has created a GPS based iPhone app called Backseat Driver. The app is actually a game in which users - especially kids - have to steer a virtual car on a road that mirrors what happens on the real road. On the way, little objects need to be picked up to gain points.
Why it matters
This example shows that carmakers are really on top of in-car entertainment too. It’s not all about pleasing the buyer or the driver of a car either – this brand thinks of the (little) passengers too. In fact the in-car experience is increasingly important for car manufacturers who see they now have a great opportunity to really connect with their consumers every time they drive.
Created by oil company Galp Energy, Galp Share is an online car-sharing platform allowing commuters to create a profile, outline their daily route and link-up with those travelling similar journeys. The aim is to promote the rational use of energy whilst reducing costs, traffic and pollution.
The RodeDog app detects when motorists are attempting to drive and text at the same time. It sends a message to friends and family members who can hopefully discourage drivers from the practice.
The app works by determining if a driver is behind the wheel using the GPS functionality. Users can add friends and family to their list of people who get notified if they attempt to drive and use their phone at the same time. If they are caught doing so, friends can respond by sending alerts–audible dog barks – to remind them that they should be concentrating on the road.