5 great apps for commuting
Let’s start from the beginning… An “app” (short for application) is a software program that you can install on your phone. Most mobile operating systems such as Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and Blackberry have dedicated app stores where customers can search and download applications. App prices vary but you can definitely find some great ones for free. Installation of each app will take space on your memory card – you can check the size of the application before you start downloading.
At TDA, we introduce our readers to apps that can make a difference in their lives. This time, we selected a few apps that could improve your commuting experience. You can also check out some of our previous lists, such as 5 free useful apps and 5 TODO apps.
- GoCatch – Having problems booking a taxi? GoCatch is a free app that directly connects taxi drivers with passengers. You can see available taxis in your area, book and pay for your ride via your phone. The app is available to use in Sydney. Price: Free. http://www.gocatch.com
- Waze – This community-based traffic and navigation app will help you to know what is the best route to take to reach your destination by following tips and experiences of other drivers who are currently on the road. You can get updates on unexpected hazards on the roads and save time with ongoing traffic updates. Waze is very popular across the world and can be found in almost every major city. Price: Free. https://www.waze.com
- TripView – With TripView it is easy to plan a trip with public transport. All you need to do is select your location and final destination and it will find the easiest and fastest way for you to get there. TripView covers all of Sydney’s major public transport including trains, buses and ferries, it also covers a number of private operators. Price: $2.99. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tripview-sydney/id294730339?mt=8
- Pocket – Pocket allows you to save articles, videos and webpages that you find online and read them later. Once the content is saved on Pocket, you can read it offline which will give you a lot of great content to check during your commuting time. Here is a tip, if you set up Pocket to only download you can reduce data usage. Price: Free. https://getpocket.com/
- Wakeme@ – This app is perfect for those who tend to fall asleep while commuting on public transport – you know who we are talking about…
Once you nominate your destination, Wakeme@ uses the GPS on your smart phone to sound an alarm as the destination approaches. The app is currently available in the UK. Price: Free. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.spookypeanut.wake_me_at