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10-25-2012, 06:20 PM #1
Use 'Car Mode' to Make Your iPhone More Car-Friendly
Many of us use our iPhones as a tool in the car because of the GPS functionality, music, and whatever else may be the case. Apple has an Airplane Mode built into the iPhone for when riding on an airplane, but why isn’t there a Car Mode for when we are in our cars? Thanks to a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Car Mode by iOS developer Lior Katz, there now is a Car Mode.
Taking a moment to think about why our iPhones come loaded with Airplane Mode, it’s because we should have our cellular radios turned off on an airplane. We can still use Wi-Fi. With that in mind, what would a Car Mode entail? Well for one, we wouldn’t really need Wi-Fi while on the road, because there’s probably not a wireless router in your car. On the other hand, many modern cars have Bluetooth-compatible hardware. We also use GPS and data a lot while on the road for getting where we need to get to. That’s the general idea behind Car Mode.
Unlike Airplane Mode, which turns off all of your wireless radios until you enable Wi-Fi manually, Car Mode allows you to manually configure which things get enabled and disabled. All of these options can be configured from the Car Mode preferences pane located in the Settings application after the tweak is installed (shown above).
From the first section of options, you can configure how Bluetooth devices interact with your iPhone. It will allow you to turn on a feature called “Auto-Detect,” which will alert you when a Bluetooth device is connected or disconnected. The alert can then be manually dismissed or automatically dismissed after a set amount of time in seconds (1-60). The feature can also enable or disable Car Mode when you dismiss the alert and it will play a sound on connection and disconnection.
In the second section of options, you can choose the services that you want enabled or disabled when you start Car Mode. A recommended setting is to turn off Wi-Fi, turn on Bluetooth, and turn on location services. This will allow you to use any Bluetooth devices you may have in your car and also allow you to use any mapping applications you may have installed on your iPhone. With Wi-Fi off, your iPhone won't keep searching for Wi-Fi networks, which you are obviously not going to be using in your car unless you're tethering. You can also automatically launch any applications you want to when Car Mode is enabled. You can launch as many as you want, but we recommend only launching your favorite mapping application so you can use it to get around in your car.
In the third section of options, you can choose what features are enabled or disabled when Car Mode is turned off. For this section, it is recommended that you leave location services on, turn Wi-Fi back on, and turn Bluetooth off (unless you use Bluetooth devices outside of the car, then you would leave that on as well).
Car Mode is integrated with SBSettings, as this is the easiest way the tweak can be enabled and disabled by the user. The preferences pane contains a section for the SBSettings controller, which will come with options to close SBSettings when Car Mode is toggled and the action that happens when you tap the toggle.
Car Mode offers a good amount of options for people that use their iPhone on the road, but as we must recommend, you should always configure your iPhone for the trip before you actually start driving. Using your iPhone while driving increases your chances of an accident and that would be a bad, bad thing.
If you think adding a Car Mode to your iPhone would be a useful feature, definitely give this tweak a try. It works excellently for disabling unnecessary battery-hogging hardware on the road and enabling the features you need. Note that SBSettings will not be installed with Car Mode and you will have to install it manually if you do not already have it.
Name: Car Mode
Developer: Lior Katz
Editor's Rating: 4/5
10-25-2012, 07:48 PM #2
Not to belittle this tweak and all the hard work put into it but couldn't we just turn OFF Wi-Fi in SBSettings/Notification Center and get the same results?
Seems like it takes equal or more time to Enable this tweak than to just tap the Wi-Fi button off.
Now, what 'would' make this useful is 'whenever' Bluetooth Auto-Connects, it automatically turned CarMode ON since it now knows you're in your car! That would be sweet!
Last edited by thazsar; 10-25-2012 at 10:44 PM.
10-25-2012, 07:51 PM #3
IMHO, i can easily turn on/off BT and Wi-Fi from SbSettings swipe with two clicks. .. Why would i want to pay 99$ to make it 1 click??
10-25-2012, 09:02 PM #4
Just got a new car with BT enabled system. I am with these guys. The tweak should auto do the turn offs when connected to a certain BT device. Like when it connects to "VW Phone" (Example of how my car lists itself) it would switch the settings for you. I wouldn't like it for all BT because I use other BT devices.
But then again I'm only in my car for 8 minutes each way to work and stuff so I don't really care to have extras on and the battery drain wouldn't be bad either because the car has built in iDevice charger. (Till I get iPhone 5 and have to buy adapter for that connection lol)
10-25-2012, 10:13 PM #5
10-25-2012, 10:40 PM #6
My car stereo auto-connects to the BT on my iPhone so whenever 'XPLOD' connects, certain functions of Car Mode would activate. I don't have other auto-connect BT devices; I have to enable those manually on my iPhone...
FYI, I wrote one of the MMI moderators about MMI starting a forum for tweak ideas. Never heard back...
This tweak is exactly why I think a forum should be created so that Devs can see what users want/need!
Anyone else agree???
Last edited by thazsar; 10-25-2012 at 10:45 PM.
10-26-2012, 12:28 AM #7
I've wanted something for a "Motorcycle mode" since 2008. I have a Parrot SK4000 Bluetooth kit for my helmet and, back then, I was using an A2DP adapter with my iPhone 3G (later, iOS3 A2DP + Music Controls for AVRCP; even later iOS4 A2DP+AVRCP).
Any time I use it the phone will be on charge and out-doors, so MAXIMUM brightness is preferred. Also, I can't unlock it or interact with it with gloves on, so disabling auto-lock for the duration would be preferable. Texting and driving is as much a no-no as cellular radio in flight, so I don't see how a texting block or an auto-reply isn't a part of this. Such an OBVIOUS feature to miss doesn't give me much hope for the future of this app.
Also, it should not strictly activate and deactivate settings like this. For example, it should only turn WiFi on when leaving car mode if it was on before entering car mode.
Last edited by CZroe; 10-26-2012 at 12:31 AM.
10-26-2012, 01:20 AM #8
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Concept is bit senseless, why one would pay $99 for this?
10-26-2012, 03:03 AM #9
I was excited when I saw the title of this, the reason being that when I jump in my car my iphone autoconnects however, if the car is then turned off it doesnt autoconnect. I had hoped that when the iphone is moving over a certain speed(?) it would connect/reconnect.
Other than this this app does seem pointless....
10-26-2012, 06:19 AM #10
10-26-2012, 12:10 PM #11
10-26-2012, 12:41 PM #12
Going through there, it sounds more like people are asking for tweaks/apps that they've already heard of.
I was thinking about a forum that details the ideas of a tweak that should be created. Then others can chime in and add their input. And, hopefully, the Devs will check it out to get inspiration
Last edited by thazsar; 10-26-2012 at 12:49 PM.
10-26-2012, 03:15 PM #13
if it was free, sure i'd take a crack at it. but for 99 cents there's just not enough there
10-26-2012, 03:26 PM #14Controlling toggles.
10-26-2012, 05:25 PM #15
At least in iOS six they moved Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to a better spot. It's not as good as SB settings on a jailbroken device but at least it's a little bit more tolerable
10-28-2012, 08:48 AM #16
People shouldn't be inspired to talk on the phone while driving. They get absent-minded and do bad things.
03-18-2013, 09:11 AM #17
need this for ios 6
no updates yet?
03-18-2013, 11:08 AM #18
03-18-2013, 11:15 AM #19
just visited the lior katz twitter... no updates so far...
Any advice about other similar app?