New 'BART to Airport' app offers group travel discounts in SF Bay Area

Anyone traveling with a friend or colleague to or from the airports in Oakland and San Francisco should now download the BART to Airport app and get a 25 percent discount on their ticket.

The innovative new app is designed to help traveling friends, family, and coworkers easily buy BART tickets to and from the airport when traveling as a group. BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost told local news outlet KRON that surveys had shown people were frustrated by long... Read More »

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France cracks down on GPS revealing police roadside locations

Getting pulled over by the police can ruin your day. Sometimes a friendly driver might flash their lights at you to warn you of an upcoming speed trap.

Popular navigation apps like Waze (iOS, Android) or Coyote (iOS, Android) let drivers warn each other about accidents, traffic, and the like. French motorists are using the apps to share police roadside check locations, according to Le Parisien.

French police said that exposing police locations undermines counter-terrorism operations,... Read More »

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'J-SOS' emergency app keeps Jewish and Israeli travelers safe

Traveling in a country where you're unfamiliar with the language can be stressful. If you're in that country during an emergency situation, the stress can quickly turn to panic.

J-SOS (iOS, Android) was developed for Jewish and Israeli people, at home or traveling, to access emergency services quickly during a dangerous situation like a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

When the user presses the app's SOS button, they can qualify what type of emergency is happening, whether... Read More »

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Transit app backed by automakers helps people without cars and will one day hail robo-cabs

For people without a car or access to reliable modes of public transportation, the Transit app (iOS, Android) wants to make getting where you're going more accessible and environmentally conscious.

The app began by helping people check departure times for buses and trains. Today Transit empowers multi-modal transportation, integrating public transit, ride hailing, bike sharing, and scooter rental.

"It should be easy to find ALL the mobility services near you, sign-up for ANY of those services, and combine them... Read More »

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Waze to add built-in audio player to serenade you while you drive

You're in your car trying to get driving directions at the same time you're fiddling with an audio app to rev up your favorite music or audiobook. Not easy, right? Well, the folks at Waze have a solution that should help.

SEE: The 5 Best Transit Apps To Get You There on Time

Waze is introducing a built-in audio player that will pipe through music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more directly within the app itself. Yes, that means you... Read More »

Topics: MP3 & Audio Software , Maps , Travel , Android Software , iOS Software

Google Maps launches real-time ETA sharing on iOS and here's how to use it

At any given moment, Google Maps has a countless number of users finding where they're going through the app's navigation system. Maps has even gained Apple CarPlay support for iPhone users recently.

The app has now extended its real-time ETA feature to iOS users. Android users have been able to share their location and arrival time since last year. Here's how to do it on your iPhone:

Open Google MapsStart navigating a destination Tap the "^" button... Read More »

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Google Maps integrates star ratings for businesses directly into the map

When you're searching for a place to eat in Google Maps, you have to tap on a location to learn more about it and see how it's rated. The Maps app is now rolling out a small upgrade to make finding a well-rated spot faster and easier.

As you move around in the Google Maps app, clickable restaurant names and other businesses appear on the map. Android Police has spotted new star ratings hovering just under a location's name on... Read More »

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Google launches Waze-for-subways with Pigeon app, starting in NYC

Subway travel is common in New York with more than four million people riding every day. Residents might be avoiding one type of traffic by going car-less, but subways have their own pitfalls.

The creators of the Pigeon app (iOS) want to make taking public transport easier.

"[W]hen we started this project, we decided to create a product that lets subway riders help each other avoid delays, crowds, and incidents that make can make commuting so stressful," the Pigeon... Read More »

Topics: Travel , iOS Software , Apps And Software

Your car is not a smartphone: Why in-vehicle apps could be very dangerous

New vehicle technology can help keep your hands off your smartphone, but it might be distracting you from the road just as much.

Vehicle tech has come a long way from drivers simply being able to control the radio volume from the steering wheel or connect via Bluetooth. Car makers are hoping to offer drivers the ability to order coffee and make restaurant reservations while behind the wheel.

The Wall Street Journal reported that General Motors (GM) was... Read More »

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Why your favorite navigation app might be causing traffic problems according to new research

I'm not good with directions. If it's possible to get lost going somewhere, there's an incredibly good chance I will. Navigation apps changed my entire driving experience. It made me feel like I actually knew what I was doing on the highway. I shudder to remember trips with my family relying half on road signs and half on a map we bought at a gas station.

I've used Google Maps more than once to find a quicker way to... Read More »

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