May 19, 2011

Inrix App Upgrade - Easier to Use

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inrix has updated their Traffic App on both the Android and the iPhone platforms with some cool new features that will make using the App easier and better. I've been a regular user of the Inrix iPhone App since it debuted back in 2009 and have come to trust and rely upon it for accurate information about traffic conditions around me. To some extent, other Apps have leveraged their user networks more overtly and in a social way to gather information on traffic incidents and qualitative information on what life is like out on the roads. Inrix is making their sharing capabilities more overt with this release.

Easier Sharing
Inrix, with its unrivaled network of mobile GPS probes, road sensors and remote monitoring is pretty good, but if a user comes across an incident worth sharing with the greater community, they can now easily tap on the screen to pull up a set of reporting icons that allow you to quickly report an accident, the police, or even an error in the traffic flow.

Inrix is already using your positional data anonymously to learn about traffic conditions, but when you tap the "Traffic color is wrong" button, the Inrix App starts to report back more frequently for a period of time to oversample the traffic situation to get better data on the conditions.

Easier to Use Traffic Readout
inrix has also taken its keen understanding of the traffic data and let you know which spots are worse than normal and which spots are better than normal. Sometimes when you look at the traffic map it all looks pretty messy and confusing, but using this new feature, you can see the BLACK areas are worse than average speeds and the LIGHT BLUE areas are better then average speeds. Quick, easy and informative. It's free with a Pro upgrade for a few bucks. Free is definitely worth it and I happen to like the Pro version too. Start with free and then upgrade.

If you have a smartphone, you deal with traffic and don't have the Inrix App; you need it.


Inrix Traffic App at iTunes


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Posted by Scott Martin at May 19, 2011 10:37 PM

Recent Comments

I still find Inrix Traffic has the most precise and accurate traffic data of any iphone navigation app, but every version seems to suffer from different debilitating bugs, not to mention their servers often becoming unresponsive during rush hour when you need it most. That said I still run it every day and despite many frustrations it has saved me plenty of trouble over the past year. We'll see what's really new with 3.0.


Posted by: Josh Wardell at May 20, 2011 12:36 AM
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