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Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant Saves You Money on Gas, Helps with Driving Habits

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 25th, 2013

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant is now available in over 250 Apple retail stores for $99.95. It's a device that attaches to your car and teams up with your iPhone to help with all of your driving habits. This means it can help you save gas, decode and clear the check engine light, and remember where you parked. It can also detect a crash and automatically call for help and alert loved ones. The best part, it's all subscription free.

"Apple sets a high bar for the quality of products they carry in their stores. We're thrilled to make Automatic available to the millions of people who trust Apple to curate beautiful and easy to use products," said Thejo Kote, CEO and co-founder of Automatic, in a press release.

Taking A Few Laps With Lucid's Peter O'Brien To Discuss 2K Drive

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 6th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

2K Drive made its appearance on the App Store yesterday at the price of $6.99. I'm always excited when a new racing game releases, especially when it's from a company that was founded by people who worked on titles like Project Gotham Racing and Blur. So, being excited about 2K Drive and having some hands-on experience from my time at PAX, I had some questions for the guys at Lucid Games.

I would like to thank Lucid’s Peter O’Brien for taking the time to answer my questions. Alright, lets get into the good stuff!

148Apps: Why did you decide to make 2K Drive? What was the “driving” point?
Peter O'Brien (PO): A lot of the devs at Lucid either love driving games and/or cars in one way or another. Some restore them, some race RC’s, others collect coffee table books. But in essence, we love the culture of cars and wanted to bring that to a wider audience by expanding the experiences in an authentic driving game.

148Apps: There must be a lot of love for cars and racing in general within your company. 2K Drive features real-life news from racing websites, which includes videos and photo galleries. What made you decide to add this feature?
PO: Yes, there is. Some of that love came out of making driving games for years; others can spot the make and year of a car from a shut line or an engine blip. We wanted to bring the news to a wider audience, a new generation, but we also believed it would expand the idea of the app as being more than a game, giving people a reason to stay in it or come back to.

148Apps: How much studying did you do on other mobile racers during the creation of 2K Drive? There are a lot of favorites out there, including arcade racing games and “real racing” games.
PO: We never stop studying the competition, and I trust they do the same. But more importantly, we knew what we wanted to do very early on and we believed in the experience we could create. The most exciting thing for us, however, is that all of this is first generation tech. Others are on their third/fourth and we don’t see ourselves playing too much of a catch-up.

148Apps: How well do you think 2K Drive will compete against other racers and why?
PO: We hope it will do well because it offers a different package than its competition, and the handling is authentic. It’s something we think competitors have been scared of doing because of the device, but we just saw as a challenge. Our content is diverse, whether players are off-roading, track racing, stunt driving, or drag racing – no one offers what we do in one package.

148Apps: As I mentioned, 2K Drive features the live news feed along with a number of modes and options for customization. These are important things to have, yes, but it all comes down to the gameplay. What will players like most about racing in 2K Drive?
PO: The handling model is so deep that players can spend a lot of time experiencing those features with all of our cars and tracks. We’ve made sure to include what we call ‘burst’ modes, like Car Football or Car Bowling, Hot-laps, race & drifting challenges, a stream of unlocks, and solid customization options for the car and driver.

We also built in a unique multiplayer feature called RaceFace (TM). This allows players skin a photo of their own face onto that of the drivers, so that when they are competing against rivals in the seamless multiplayer system, they will be able to see real friends and players behind the wheel of the cars. It’s like your racing “selfie.”

148Apps: What do you feel will keep players coming back to 2K Drive? What’s going to be the obsession?
PO: That’s for the players to decide, but the depth of the handling and wide scope of driving experiences, mixed with the rival system and our daily challenges, offer some compelling reasons to build a 2K Drive habit!

148Apps: 2K Drive features more than 100 events, 25 tracks, and 25 cars for players to experience at launch. I’m curious though, how many cars do you have in your version of the game? Give me a hint about future updates!
PO: Ha, that would be telling. We have a few things coming very soon and are looking forward to seeing the feedback so we can refine the experience and deal with any problems. So please, do tell us what you do or don’t like in the game!

148Apps: What’s your favorite dashboard item to add to your vehicles in the game?
PO: Believe it or not, the traffic lights. It’s a retro thing!

148Apps: What’s your favorite mode in the game?
PO: I’ve got two: Survivor and any racing mode. Survivor is great because you set the target, and you get in the zone when you’re racing any type of event, because, well, it’s racing!

148Apps: Do you try to race a clean race or would you rather get dirty and run an opponent off the road?
PO: Clean. But rubbing is racing too!

148Apps: Pick one thing that we didn’t discuss that you would like to share with your fans.
PO: We had a small and dedicated team who believed in the company from early on. They made sacrifices to be a part of the project and our future, and without them, there would be no 2K Drive - so thank you. Also, a big thank you to everyone who has bought the game already, the fans who are spreading the word, and the players reaching out to help improve it. We’ll see you on the road!

I would like to thank Peter O'Brien once again for taking the time to answer our questions. I wish you and your team the best of luck with 2K Drive and I look forward to seeing more from Lucid in the future! Thank you!

Muscle Run Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 9th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: JUST DRIVE
Muscle Run is a neat idea, but it's going to need some adjustments before it reaches the winners' circle.
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Fuel Monitor Wants to Help You Save Money at the Pump

Posted by Rob Rich on July 29th, 2013
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Driving can be stressful, but paying for gas can be even worse. Fuel Monitor, a free app from Adir Genish, is meant to ease some of that pain.

Fuel Monitor runs in the background and uses the iOS device’s GPS location functions, along with your car’s model information, to monitor driving excursions and display fuel consumption data. It also offers up tips on how to cut down on fuel consumption as well as assists with finding parking spaces, locating your car after it’s parked, and an “Accident Kit” should anything unfortunate happen along the way.

And really, who doesn’t want to cut down on their refueling costs?

Fire & Forget: The Final Assault Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 21st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MY CAR IS FIGHT
Fire & Forget: The Final Assault is one crazy post-apocalyptic ride.
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Earn to Die Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on September 27th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MAXIMUM CAR-NAGE
Ignore the weird title and simple-looking gameplay, Earn to Die is a gem no iOS gamer should be without.
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CarDust Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Tony Cave on August 16th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SIMPLE YET FUN
A fun little top down racer, but the only thing that makes it stand out is the portrait view gameplay
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Crash Mayhem Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on June 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FENDER BENDER
Guide a car around an open city in an effort to rack up as much destruction as possible.
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Motorcity: Drive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on March 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ON THE SHORT SIDE
Steer high powered futuristic muscle cars with advanced weapons systems through tracks at insane speeds.
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Siri Will Power Mercedes Benz 'Drive Kit Plus'

Posted by Jason Wadsworth on March 1st, 2012

Mercedes Benz has announced that it will use Apple's Siri voice activated personal assistant software currently available on the iPhone 4S to drive its new "Drive Kit Plus" system that will allow drivers to access and control their iPhone apps with their voice while driving. "Drive Kit Plus" will be integrated with Mercedes Benz Digital Drivestyle system which transmits and formats iPhone screens to in-car screens.

Using "Drive Kit Plus" drivers will be able to control their music, change radio stations, send texts, make phone calls, update their Facebook and Twitter accounts, or even control their Aupeo Personal Radio. "Drive Kit Plus" will also integrate with Garmin GPS systems to provide drivers the ability to find directions and routes through voice commands.

This new, Siri-powered feature is slated for a debut at the 82nd International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland on March 8th and will make Mercedes Benz the first auto manufacturer to integrate Apple tech into their in-car systems.

Highway2Hell Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on January 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LUKEWARM
Dodge traffic in a hell bound muscle car.
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jAggy Race Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on November 16th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FUNKY FREEWHEELING
A crazy racing game with some extreme obstacles and insane physics.
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Forever Drive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on October 12th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: KEEPS ON GOING
The combination of persistent progression, user generated tracks, and bright neon graphics takes this simple racing game to a whole new level.
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Motion X GPS Drive Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Chris Hall on August 20th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: NICE NAVIGATION
MotionX GPS Drive does everything that you would want a GPS app to do, only at a fraction of the competition's prices.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on March 23rd, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Discover is a free gem that turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a wireless flash drive combined with a file viewer. With plenty of features, the only real downside to Discover is the ads and some minor lag—but at least you won't hear anyone complai
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