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How Apps Turned My Crappy Old Ride Into A Smart Car

The car of the future fits in my pocket.

The car of the future fits in my pocket.

This story first appeared in Cult of Mac Magazine

I was almost out of gas. I was also almost out of cash. I needed to find the cheapest source of fuel for my beat-up ride so I could get downtown to meet a friend for coffee. I pulled up GasBuddy, and within one tap I found the closest, cheapest gas station near me.

Once I gassed up, I hit a sweet parking spot just a few blocks away from the coffee shop. I launched Honk, swiped across the top to set the time on the meter, and took a photo of my car to make sure I could get back to it.

Sure, fine, it’s not a flying car, but this is as close to the future as this old beater is going to get, and it’s all thanks to my iPhone and a suite of apps.

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Drool at This Custom Mercedes Outfitted With Tons of Apple Gear [Video]

Check out this 800-horsepower Mercedes S600 outfitted with a bunch of Apple gear. There’s Macs, iPads and iPhones galore. The car is a custom job by Brabus, the famous German aftermarket customizers.

Thanks Gustav.

Hyundai Releases iPad Owner’s Manual for 2011 Equus

Hyundai has gone high-tech for their luxury Equus sedan, releasing the 2011 owner’s manual as a free interactive iPad app.  Now you can view a multimedia reference guide, locate Hyundai dealers, schedule service appointments, read (and ignore) safety warnings, and – according to the App Store description – “experience Equus rear-passenger massage and relaxation therapy.”

Wow. That’s some owner’s manual.

Even better, an iPad comes with the car! Nice perk. Vehicle cost: $58,900. iPhone and iPod touch versions of the app are scheduled for release shortly.