Were you ever tempted to send a short text message while driving to a spouse/partner/friend just to let them know that you’re on the way? Now when I last checked, texting and driving at the same time is highly ill advised (not to mention illegal in most states/provinces), so there has to be a safer and easier way right? Well that’s where the newly released Onmaway for iOS comes in. With the app, users can share their location in real time using the iPhone’s GPS functionality. Simply select the other party via sms or email, choose the duration of how long they can track you and a customized message. Your friends and family will then receive a link and be able to view your location in real time via any web browser. For longer trips, there’s an Epic Journey mode that allows you to share your location on Facebook or Twitter every 4 hours.
Onmaway requires iOS 4.2 or later, and with more recent iDevices (3GS or iPhone 4), you’ll be able to run the app in the background as well. Demo video and more info after the break.
Ka Pow Interactive, Onmaway, 2.9 MB – $1.99
Launch Special – Now only $1.99! Onmaway is a simple and secure way to share your location with friends, family, or social graph over a specific period of time; whether it’s your spouse for 20 minutes or your social network for the length of a cross-country trip.
The app allows you to send a link and customized message to friends and family via text, email, and social media that lets them track your location on any web browser.
✓ Let your family watch you drive home from work;
✓ Parents track kids as they walk home from school;
✓ Watch college kids drive to their new campus;
✓ Watch as friends move to a new city or state;
✓ Update co-workers on your way to office;
✓ Let friends know you’re headed to the pub;
✓ The possibilities are endless!
Location tracking apps by cell phone service providers can cost $20 a month or more; Onmaway is a onetime purchase that you can use as much as you want.
Texting while driving is dangerous and banned in 39 states with more passing legislation now. Over 30% of all traffic accidents are caused by “distracted driving” and that number increases with teen drivers. Remove the distraction of updating your location to your friends and family with this low-cost solution.
Find a bug or have a suggestion, don’t write it here, drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll jump right on that (or let you know how to fix it).
Figure out a new way to use Onmaway? Let us know at [email protected]
Just so you know…
▸ Onmaway utilizes the GPS functionality in your iPhone and iPod Touch (3rd gen+), which means, just like any other map app on your phone, it can be a bit of a battery drain. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. We suggest you plug in your phone or limit your use of the app if you’re worried about battery life.
▸ Onmaway can run the background on any iOS 4+ device, but if you have another app that needs the memory space, your phone could kill off Onmaway and thus stop tracking your location. If it’s really important, leave it running in the foreground.
We’re actively working on updates and features, so please send us feedback.