Driving is okay, but it's a little mundane, don't you think? If you need more fun during your road trips, Volkswagen is all over that with its new SmileDrive app. This app follows your trips and turns them into interactive online adventures. It doesn't even require a Volkswagen – just a car with Bluetooth.
The app uses Google+ logins to connect the people in the car, then creates a map for each trip. You earn points for driving, which eventually translate into stickers (yay). If you pass another car using SmileDrive, you get a "punch" on the map. I don't think that's likely to happen much, but it's still kind of fun. At the end, you get a neat summary of the trip which can be saved or shared online. For longer trips, you can name them and add images and messages that can be kept with the map to checkout again later. You know, memories and stuff.
In addition to all the gamification stuff, the app has a practical feature – a car locator. Just fire up the app and it directs you to the place where the Bluetooth was shut off. It's free, so check it out.
[Thanks, Jean-François Simard]