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Oct
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Bringing to the Android Market what I consider one of the only useful augmented reality apps in existence, iOnRoad has introduced iOnRoad Augmented Driving. This app utilizes your Android device's rear camera to have a look at traffic in front of you, and, using complex visual algorithms, it determines headway, speed, direction, and potential traffic threats.

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What's more, the app still keeps watching, and keeps you abreast of any potential dangers while running in the background, meaning you can switch to your music player, messaging app, or phone, and still get alerts from iOnRoad.

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On top of its incredible safety features, the apps also offers social integration, allowing you to unlock (and compete for) driving achievements (which seem to be geared toward safe driving), and upload snapshots of interesting sights, reckless drivers, etc. to Facebook.

One last thing - you can set iOnRoad to automatically detect when you start driving, thereby starting the video feed and your augmented driving experience.

The app is now available for free from the Android Market after recently coming out of beta, so go ahead and give it a try!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Gf

    Not compatible with SGS2?

    Meh.

    • tehsusenoh

      You sure? Strait from the description:

      "TESTED DEVICES
      Sansung Galaxy S II
      HTC ThunderBolt 4G
      Google Nexus S
      HTC Incredible S"

      • Hans

        Actually he's right. It's not showing up as compatible with (some) SGS2's running Android 2.3.5. I've had a couple of SGS2's and for some reason I cannot download it to my current one using 2.3.5, but on the Market Website, I can push it to my old phone, which was running Android 2.3.3.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Works great on my SGS 2 (Epic Touch).

  • Art

    So is this another "iPort" app or is it native Androids?

    • tehsusenoh

      Android! There isn't even an iOS version.

      • Art

        lol then why do they name it like it's an iPhone app? They should have named it EyeOnRoad or something.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      The UI is very polished and completely Android. It's very impressive.

  • Owen Finn

    Doesn't work on my scooter.

  • rick

    Confirmed: Not compatible with SGS2, atleast with 2.3.4

  • http://www.ionroad.com Danny

    Guys, we have some problem with the android market and rooted devices, for some reason the market prevents some rooted devices ROMs to install the app.

    For the ones who have problems, please use the direct download from our site:
    http://download.ionroad.com

    BTW, I'm using it on SGS2

    • Zohan

      Rooted SGS2 here, can't install from market, and your link sends you to the market. Can anyone upload the .apk?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Danny, indeed - that page just has a Market link, not the APK like it used to.

      • http://www.ionroad.com Danny

        Thanks Guys,

        Just fixed it, now you can download.

  • Weeny

    How is this usable? Why not watch the road in the first place instead of watching the device?
    By the time you realize that you should be CAREFUL or a WARNING is coming out of your device, its going to be too late

    • geauxtig3rs

      I would assume it's audible (haven't used it) and there are multiple distractions that can occur, as well as inclement physical conditions that can leave you semi-imparied (drowsiness, sickness, allergies, emotional state, etc.)

  • Nigel

    There are loud (do not use if you are running your phone through Aux) screams if it detects you are too close.

    I tried the beta out on my Milestone 2. I had issues with it seeing the road initially because the bonnet of the car was in the way. If I put it up high on the windscreen (hmm not good for driving IMHO) it can see the road but it does not detect any cars in front. Maybe I wasn't tailgating enough but even when I felt unsafe in the distance it did not detect the car infront. I think my camera is zoomed back to far by default.

    Your milage may vary :D

  • Mgamerz

    Would love to use this, but alas, my car dock doesn't provide enough power to keep the device charged when I use the FM transmitter as well :(
    Only like 250mA when I need like 500 :(

  • Mike

    Requires a full time data connection. I don't have a data plan, so I can't use it. Nexus One, stock 2.3.6

  • Phreqd

    Using the "i" in a product, especially one that is not related to Apple, is as over-used as calling "first" in a post. Annoying at best.

  • Marco

    Looks amazing but I am wondering about the bandwidth usage. In Europe for example the speed is throttled down to GPRS (not even EDGE) after some MB. Internet almost not possible after that, so I wonder how much bandwidth this app is using.

  • SITheSecond

    does not work on my bike

  • pissed_off

    if you need this app just get on a bus because surely you do not belong behind a wheel. seriously how retarded must you be not to be able to judge a safe distance from another car. last time i checked they don't give driver's licences to people who have vision problems or depth perception troubles. learn to drive or GTFO of the road

  • Bored Navyguy

    Are they going to come up with a compatable version for the Optimus S?

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