Best motoring smartphone applications

Tool up your smartphone to get the most out of your journey with this collection of useful apps


A phrase that’s evolved into a cliché since the meteoric rise of the smartphone is ‘there’s an app for that’. From music playback through to social media, photography, running, weather and far more besides there is seemingly an app for every need and want, with the only real issue being which app to pick. There’s a dizzying array of options for drivers covering where to go, how to get there and what to do once you arrive. Apps are even more important for drivers now, as Apple CarPlay® gives drivers the opportunity to access certain iOS apps through the car’s entertainment system and is present in the New PEUGEOT 2008 SUV, all-new PEUGEOT 3008 and all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV. Not all apps are currently compatible with CarPlay®, so we’ve listed a selection of those that are.


CarPlay® Apps


For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 8.0 or later


One of the native apps on the iPhone, and one of the most useful. Maps allows you to pinpoint your location, search for houses, roads and buildings and plot a course to your destination. This allows you to navigate while using Apple CarPlay®, with spoken and visual directions to keep you on the right route.






For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 8.0 or later


Stitcher streams podcasts and radio shows for you to easily access on the move. You can create playlists and get recommendations, finding content from around the world from providers including CNN and the FT. With CarPlay® you can easily put together a journeys’ worth of fascinating shows, interviews and plays.






For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 8.0 or later


Stream thousands of hours of music from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Adele and Beyonce direct from your phone or tablet with this incredibly useful App. Thanks to compatibility with Apple CarPlay® you can search, create playlists and listen to a huge variety of music without ever having to touch your mobile device.






For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 8.0 or later


Choose from over 200,000 audio books to listen to on a long journey, or stay up to speed with your latest novel on the drive to work. Including children’s books, classics and the latest Man Booker Prize winner, there’s plenty for all to enjoy.




Other Useful Apps

Peugeot Pocket Racing

For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 5.0 or later


An exciting, 2D top-down racing game with access to the 208 GTi, RCZ and headline-grabbing concept cars such as the Onyx Concept. Race across the world on a variety of testing tracks, then share your results across social media. A perfect option to keep the kids quiet on longer journeys.




308 in 3D

For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 and up


Take a browse around the Peugeot 308 in full 3D, including information on the features of both the hatch and the SW models. Plus, the option to select different body colours and interior trims. You can also enjoy the cars in full virtual reality, and find your local Dealership to take a test drive.




Around Me

For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 5.1.1 or later, Android 2.3 and up


If you’re in an unfamiliar city and want to know where the closest bank, coffee shop or petrol station are, or even the local weather, AroundMe can point you in the right direction. The augmented reality feature is even handier, overlaying directions using the camera for a real time map.




Google Maps

For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 7.0 or later, Android dependent on device


An all-encompassing map of the world, including searchable amenities and routes with constantly updated traffic information and more. The satellite view also gives an idea of terrain, and the street view can be incredibly useful when visiting an unfamiliar house. Shops, hotels and similar also include reviews.





For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 6.0 or later, Android dependent on device


A crowd-sourced map and directions app which allows for hazards, jams and even mobile speed cameras to be added by users on the move. Other users can be instantly alerted when blockages do occur, and if friends are heading in a similar direction they’ll appear on your screen.





For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 7.0 or later, Android Dependent on device


Hearing a song on the radio, then either missing the name or having to get out of the car before the end can be extremely frustrating. With Shazam you can simply point your phone at the radio, wait a second, then have the song identified and ready to download into your collection.





For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 4.3 or later, Android 2.3 and up


For journeys to more rural locations, or even some big cities, disappearing GPS can leave you high and dry when navigating. MAPS.ME uses an offline approach so even if you’re in a signal blackspot you’ll still be able to find your way around with ease, with points of interest such as petrol stations also available.





For: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 7.1 or later, Android dependent on device


A helpful one-stop reference point for all the parking spaces in your nearby area, including opening hours, rates and distance. Compare those available then navigate your way to them using the directional facility. Parking spaces can also be updated in real time, meaning you’ll know if the space is occupied before you set off.