Most of us know that there are simple ways to save fuel and increase economy on the road. But once we get out there, business-as-usual, in the form of our regular driving habits, tends to kick in. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an iPhone app that could remind us to be more fuel-efficient, using simple visual and spoken cues?
That’s right, you guessed it: there is. The DriveGain app for iPhone (which comes to us by way of Autoblog Green) makes use of your phone’s built-in GPS to calculate your speed, including your rate of acceleration and deceleration. Visual displays include a recommended gear indicator and some sliders that conscientious drivers will do their best to keep “in the green.” (The app also calculates fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, fuel cost per mile and more.) By following the on-screen cues, DriveGain claims that it can help users save up to $205 in fuel each year while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 660 kilograms.
All of which sounds great, but we’re wondering, can it really be safe to be glancing back and forth at your phone while driving? Being green is one thing; making sure the traffic light is green is another. We’re hoping there’s a spoken-cue-only setting, for the benefit of everyone on the road, especially considering the DriveGain app is currently only available for manual transmission vehicles. The app’s database has over 16,900 different cars to choose from and can be used with the iPhone 3G and 3GS, as well as on the iPod Touch and iPad.