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6 must-download cool car apps

• Mother Nature
Driving just got a whole lot easier! Not really, but the cellphone in your pocket wants to help make it easier to get from Point A to Point B. The idea is make sure you arrive safely, not lost, full of gas and good food. Here are some apps that may simplify your driving life:
TireCheck: We all agree (except for a few Republicans) that it makes sense to monitor tire pressure, but who has time, and don’t you need some kind of fancy gauge thingy? No longer, say the folks at Neomatix, an Israeli company. You download the free app (below), input your car make, then use your phone’s camera to photograph your tires — you get back detailed information about how much air you need to add (or subtract), the effect on performance of your current inflation, and other useful details. Kfir Wittmann, the founder and CEO, tells me, “The app works with computer vision and image-processing algorithms. Basically, we can tell the pressure according to the shape of the wheel of a known car.” If you have a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in your car, you may not need this, but most of us don’t.

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