November 25, 2014

Download This: Car Dashboard

Car Dashboard aims to be a step up from Google’s Car Home app, providing not only big-button shortcuts but speedometer and other relevant information.

The app launches automatically when you place your phone in a car dock, or can also be launched normally if you don’t have a dock. As you drive, it displays your current speed as well as providing speed alerts. You can customize at what speeds the alerts go off, and whether they are audible alerts or on-screen flashing alerts.

Other features include:

  • Compass heading
  • Current location, altitude and temperature
  • Up to 20 customizable shortcuts, to apps, contacts, etc.
  • Customizable for U.S. or metric units

The speed alerts are the really great feature here. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mean to speed but sometimes loses track of just how fast you’re going, this app could save you from getting a speeding ticket.

Car Dashboard is available in the Android Market as a free, ad-supported app or without ads for $1.99.

[app]net.mandaria.cardashboardfree[/app]

[app]net.mandaria.cardashboardpro[/app]

 



  • Dale

    Awwwwweeee YEEEEEEEAAAAA!

  • http://www.nightshadelabs.com/ David Shellabarger

    If you don’t have an official dock you can use Bluetooth Volume to launch Car Dashboard when you connect to Bluetooth.
    http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nightshadelabs.bluetoothvolume

    • mandlar

      That’s awesome.

      I plan on adding this feature into the application itself to automatically launch when connected to a Bluetooth device.

      • Jamorford

        While you are working on it, it would be great was to allow you to select which Bluetooth device will activate it so it will only activate on connecting to my car.

  • http://twitter.com/rcpoon rcpoon

    My car’s speedometer already provides my speed. What is the use case?

    • http://twitter.com/chuckfalzone Chuck Falzone

      As I mentioned, the configurable speed alerts are what I thought was pretty cool. I have a crappy old car so it’s entirely possible, I suppose, that newer cars also provide speed alerts, but mine doesn’t.

    • mandlar

      Hey rcpoon, I’m the developer of the app.

      Speedometer via GPS is slightly more accurate than your car’s speedometer (car speedometer’s are typically 2-3 mph faster than what you are actually going).

      Additionally, the application has speed alerts. So for instance, when you exceed 35 mph, the speedometer will turn yellow, then at 39 mph it turns red, then at 42 mphs it return to white (to set you up for the 45 mph speed limit, which turns yellow after 45, and red after 49, etc. etc.). These alerts can cause the speedometer to change colors, the border around the app to change color or flash, or it can play an audible sound alert of your choosing. All speed alerts are entirely customizable, so you can set it up to your liking.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

    • Anonymous

      I have a 1955 Buick and the speedo hasn’t worked in 10 years, and Buick stopped making replacements when Kennedy was President, lol. There’s a GPS-speed “use case” for ya.

  • Firelight

    I prefer Car Home (beta) by TheSpinningHead. It doesn’t have the speed alert but I prefer the app configuration, speedometer, compass and weather. The City Alert is kinda cool but gets old fast (muted mine). It auto-launches bluetooth, turns off WiFi and is a good alternative to Car Dashboard. Nothing wrong with CD – just not my cup of tea.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm.. I like some of these concepts.. but I like how with “Car Dock Home v3″ app I have 12 app buttons on a page. Very hard to part with that. Feel that top part takes up too much real estate and there should be an option to have more buttons per page which would be smaller of course.. but with Droid X’s big screen these buttons are too big as is. I feel 6 buttons a page would be quite doable especially with Pro version without the ads.

    • mandlar

      Hey rumurphy,

      Having at least 6 buttons on a screen has been a feature request I’ve heard multiple times. It’s on my list of things to look into after I finish up on some other requests I’ve received. It’ll probably be an option in the settings to switch from 4->6 buttons on a screen.