Can't remember where you parked your car? Don't worry! Your iPhone will, AUTOMATICALLY!
Whenever you walk away from your car, the iPhone remembers where you parked your car last. Unlike other parking apps, you only need open the app when you are looking for your car.
PLEASE NOTE: Use of the Bluetooth functionality requires an iPhone and a Find My Car Bluetooth Smart beacon.
The Pro version supports compatible 3rd party Bluetooth Smart proximity beacons. The Pro version additionally adds logging functionality to keep track of where you have parked.
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How does Find My Car Smarter Work?
Find My Car Smarter uses a new technology called Bluetooth Smart.
When you start your car, the Find My Car Smarter App wirelessly connects to the Find My Car Smarter Device. After you have parked your car your engine and the Find My Car Smarter Device, powered by your cigarette lighter, turn off. The App realizes that your car is parked and then activates the GPS on your iPhone momentarily to save your car's location. If you lose your car, simply launch the app and it will help you navigate your way back by showing you your current location and the location of where you last parked your car.
Using Find My Car Smarter
The app will indicate where you have parked your car, how far away you are from your car, and how long you have parked at that location.
With Dropbox syncing a communal car's location can be shared between a group.
You can also setup automatic parking meter and sweeping notifications.
How do I set up Find My Car Smarter?
ONE TIME SETUP:
1. Download the "Find My Car Smarter" App. Don't forget to allow the app to "use your current location".
2. Plug your Find My Car Bluetooth Smarter Device or compatible Bluetooth Smart Device into your car and then pair it to your iPhone. You only need to do this step one time and it takes about 1 minute.
How do I use Find My Car Smarter?
1. Rest easy knowing that you have the Find My Car Smarter App on your phone.
2. Forget where you parked your car.
3. Click on the "Find My Car" App on your iPhone and allow the map to guide you back to your car.
4. Find your car.
Won't the app running the background kill my battery life?
No, when you are stationary within a 1 km (0.62 miles) area, such as at home or at work, the app is asleep and the only resource that is used is iOS periodically waking up and scanning for Bluetooth devices. This situation is similar to when your phone is paired to a Bluetooth headset.
However, the app will wake up momentarily every time your iPhone travels a few miles. This is to ensure that the app will get relaunched and is running in the background in case the phone closes the Find My Car Smarter App.
Some power consumption occurs after you park your car and the GPS is enabled to save the location of your car. Under good conditions, Find My Car Smarter can complete this process in about 5 seconds and then go back to sleep. The power usage is equivalent to opening the Maps App and finding your current location.
Generally, running this app in the background will not significantly decrease your battery life. However, drivers who drive long distances and park their cars frequently (e.g. pizza delivery person) may experience a noticeable decrease in their battery life.
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Ratings and Reviews
Have yet to purchase the beacon but so far it has helped me find my car when needed.
Coupled with a Bluetooth beacon it works beautifully.
There are other apps out there that you can use to locate your parked vehicle but you need to manually record the location but this app with the accompanying Bluetooth beacon works wonderfully. You have to buy the beacon separately but it is worth the $28 ($25+$3 shipping) for the instance when you forget where you parked your car.
Plug the Bluetooth beacon purchased from them into your switched power USB port. When the car turns off the location is automatically saved.
You do not need the app to run for the location to be saved. It does not use extra power for the app because it does not need to be running and is not constantly pinging the GPS.
I had to write this review because today I brainlessly parked my car and when I walked out of the store I had no clue where it was. The app was not running so I started it. Sure enough, my car showed up on the map with a direction pointer to it. I walked straight to the car. In the past I had to walk through every row of parking spaces to find my car. Thank you for a great product. I am buying another beacon for my other car to support this product.
A+ app since day 1. Great for rental cars too!
I use this across my 2 cars and have a third one for use in rental cars. It’s great for those times when you are in such a rush that you forget where you parked your car.
It is a lifesaver for traveling since you are in completely unfamiliar surroundings and you might not even remember what mall entrance you used.
One helpful hint: if you are trying to pair more than one phone, only one can be near the beacon at a time or you need to disable Bluetooth on one of them for the beacon to find the other one.
- Christine Yang
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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (4th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, and iPad (7th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular.
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- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.