A 2-Trip Review of the iOnRoad Driving Assistant App
HECN Rating: A+
The iOnRoad app is a driving assistant, ready to give you key information about speed, direction, collision alerts, proximity to others on the road, navigation, and access to entertainment and communication. It aims to do this in one glance, with as little distraction as possible.
And it succeeds, brilliantly.
Before we get too far into the review, let’s answer a question. Why am I calling this a “2-trip” review?
You download an automotive app, maybe play with it a little at your computer, and then put it to work in your car. Generally people don’t prepare to use the app, which would mean getting to the car a few minutes beforehand to open and test it. That would make sense. But humans often do not make sense, especially with a smartphone in their hands. We turn it on, open an app and expect it to work. We don’t expect it to understand it perfectly on the first trip, depending on length. But it needs to be intuitive enough that we can figure it out completely by the second or third trip. Anything else is headed for deletion.
I’m happy to say that the iOnRoad app is easy to figure out the first time. When you open the app, these are the indicators and controls you see:
The functions are crystal clear from startup. MPH, outside temperature (must be tied into Apple’s Weather app), battery level, time, distance traveled, driving efficiency, take an picture or a video, and Main Menu. The controls are easy to see when stopped as well as at 60 mph in Lakeshore Drive traffic. When you tap on the Menu icon, you go to this page:
Again, very simple. You can make and take calls from iOnRoad, use it in concert with Waze, Google Maps, Maps, TomTom, and a couple of other popular navigation apps. iOnRoad will run in the background, alerting you when you get too close to someone in front or wander from your lane. It can let you control your music, and best of all it can help you find your parking place. If you think this menu is easy-to-use, the submenus are just as easy. The only problem I had was trying to get it to move from Waze to Google Maps. I got it to switch to Maps, but for some reason it won’t move to Google. I’ll figure it out.
In my 2 trips, I found this very, very, very simple to use. It is something that you don’t want to stare at, obviously. Since it tells you the distance in seconds behind the person in front of you, it creates an ingenious way to manage the “2-second Rule” that was taught in Driver’s Ed. If you need a refresher, always stay 2 seconds behind the person in front of you to avoid a rear-end collision.
The alert finds a way to get your attention without being obnoxious. I found that at low speeds it was nice to see/hear when I was getting close. It’s smart enough to interpret slowing behind another vehicle for a light or stop sign, and doesn’t signal an alert. Changing lanes, pulling out from behind someone turning, etc understandably triggered the alert. I didn’t try any type of parking, but would imagine it would give you a chirp to let you know you were getting too close. I will in an upcoming drive and report.
After 2 trips, I’m willing to say it’s a great app, and well worth the price.Click here for reuse options!
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