eco:Speed: GPS With a Fabulous Twist

Who doesn’t want to save time, money and fuel while driving? With the rising cost of pretty much everything, as well as the push to live greener and leave less of a carbon footprint, simply going somewhere is no longer enough. If you’re anything like me, you’ve started combining trips and planning a route before you leave to ensure the most efficient use of your time and gas money. Soon there will be something that will help you with that even when you’re away from home in completely unfamiliar surroundings, and it’ll be as close as the phone you’re already carrying.

eco:Speed is essentially a GPS app for your iPhone or Android phone (they’re working on one for Windows phones, don’t worry). But it does so much more than simply telling you how to get where you’re going. It also calculates your route based on traffic lights, local traffic conditions, and number of stops along the way. Using your phone’s GPS function, it will steer you away from traffic backups and take you along the least restricted route to make the most of your vehicles’ fuel economy. It even tells you how fast you should be driving for optimal fuel consumption, and has a function that allows you to input local fuel prices that will calculate how much your trip will cost you.

Neat, huh? I’m excited about it and I don’t even own a car any more. I’m thinking this will be an invaluable tool for taxi drivers as well as anyone else who drives for a living. It’s due out in March, but until then you can visit the eco:Speed website to try out the demo. I tried it, and for the four places I travel most it was only off a little on one of them (it took me down a road that is always heavily congested and has numerous stop lights). The other three it was spot on the way I have gone based on years of living here and knowing how traffic and other factors affect the drive. Compare that to directions given by just about any regular GPS unit, and it’s already a huge win.

The best part? It’s free. I assume that means you’ll have to look at some ads along with your directions, but free is good. Come March, I think I’ll probably be downloading this one just to see what it’s all about.


Source: Gizmag

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