A cool application launch today for iPhone users comes to us from Aha. This Driver-to-driver network app (think crowd-sourcing) has been rolled out in several cities including San Fran, San Diego, and L.A. and has plans for future roll outs in D.C, Seattle, San Antonio, and Miami, FL. The app appears to have a focus on safety (no tiny maps to look at while driving), rather, users are provided with alerts to information that they request, like traffic congestion ahead, or perhaps a great sandwich stop coming up! Under the category of very cool is the ability to record and share comments on road conditions – see video demo below.
Unique Product Features
Listen to Live, Personalized Traffic Channels: Like a radio station dedicated to the roads you care about, Aha lets you listen to traffic “Shouts” (or voice notes) from other drivers without taking your eyes off the road. Aha also uses best-in-class INRIX traffic data to tell you how traffic is flowing and alert you to congestion or accidents on the major road segments around you, without requiring you to study a map.
“Shout” Out Your Own Traffic Reports: With Aha, every driver is a virtual traffic reporter. Simply tap the microphone icon to record and share a 15-second traffic report to help the drivers around you. Your Shout automatically feeds into the road and city-specific Shout Rooms based on your current location.
Get “Nearby” Alerts for Things You Care About: Are you hungry, want to grab a cup of coffee, or need to take a bathroom break? Select “yes” to any of those questions and Aha’s “Nearby” function alerts you to places along the way, like restrooms from SitOrSquat or highly rated restaurants from Yelp. Aha will also alert you to red-light and speed cameras as you approach them, using data from Photoenforced.com. At 65 MPH, less is more, so Aha only gives you the relevant results pre-filtered for your preferences and location.
Be Entertained in the Car! Aha also wants to make driving fun. For example, the “Caraoke” Shout Room lets you send out a 15 second recording of your radio sing along, then get rated by other drivers. In the “#%& Drivers” Shout Room, let off steam by venting about a bad driver or your frustrating commute.
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or check out the corporate blog at http://www.ahamobile.com/blog