iPhone app Car Finder Plus a nimble, memorable solution to parking lot amnesia

Dec 21, 2009
Tech

OK, so I really, really wish the folks at Cinn Dev had named this iPhone app “Dude, Where’s My Car?” But other than that very selfish complaint, I think that Car Finder Plus delivers exactly what you’d hope for in a 99-cent app designed to work as a parking lot memory aid. Unlike the very similarly named “Car […]

OK, so I really, really wish the folks at Cinn Dev had named this iPhone app “Dude, Where’s My Car?” But other than that very selfish complaint, I think that Car Finder Plus delivers exactly what you’d hope for in a 99-cent app designed to work as a parking lot memory aid.

Unlike the very similarly named “Car Finder” iPhone app by Intridea, which uses augmented reality to point the way to your car, Car Finder Plus uses a combination of GPS mapping and reference notes it cues you to make upon leaving your car. So it’s your job to enter the parking level, for example, of a multi-story garage. (Come on, you didn’t expect this iPhone app to remember everything for you, did you?)

Once you do this, Car Finder Plus will use your current location to pinpoint on a GPS map where the car’s parked. The accuracy seems quite good, and the iPhone app is bonehead-simple to use. It would have to be, given my tendency to forget car stalls in malls and shopping centers.

Do note that Car Finder Plus won’t find your car down to the nearest inch, but just getting you in the ballpark should help plenty. I prefer Car Finder Plus to Intridea’s augmented reality iPhone app—it just seems more intuitive to use. But here’s the irony: In any case, you’ll have to remember to use the iPhone app so you can remember where your car is. Maybe someone will design an iPhone app that reminds you to use the app that reminds you where … oh, never mind. 

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Lou Carlozo

Former Chicago Tribune DVD columnist, current music critic at Christian Century, paid blogger/columnist for AOL's WalletPop and True/Slant ... but most important, a proud owner of an iPhone 3Gs and one of the first in Chicago to own a duo-core MacBook Pro laptop. Flash back 30 years; my first computer ever in 1979: an Apple II.

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