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RC9 explores eight mobile applications to beat the heavy traffic in Singapore

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Beat the traffic in SG With These 8 Apps
A good sense of direction, memorize your daily route, a topped up cashcard and maybe a map. Navigating through Singapore roads was all about basics back then. With the current boom of smart devices and social media, transportation related apps have risen up to help solve your navigation and traffic worries. We shift through the app store and find 8 apps (none of which are Google Maps) that will help you on the road.

1. My Transport Singapore – FREE
Land Transport Authority (LTA)

My Transport Singapore
(image source: Land Transport Authority (LTA))

Chock full of features like ERP rates, customizable concierge maps and a journey planner. While My Transport tries to be a jack of all trades by fitting in as many features as possible in one app, the result is a non user friendly UI, though there is an included guide to help. The upside is that the app is regularly updated by the LTA with new maps, features and optimized for new iOS and Android versions.

  • Great for smartphone users who prefer a single seamless traffic and commute app.
  • It’ll be easier to use other focused apps for drivers/commuters who want specific help.

2. TrafficamSG – FREE
WeesWares

Traffic Cam SG
(image source: WeesWares)

TrafficamSG is a free app that provides regular updated images sourced from the webcams located at the major expressways. The live feed source includes distinct subsections for each highway route from PIE’s Eunos flyover to AYE’s Alexandra Rd. The app includes a map function for easier road location. One of the more popular traffic apps in Singapore for its great interface and accuracy.

  • Makes it easy to plan your route with an option to compile select webcam images. Images are sourced directly from LTA and updated in minutes.
  • With smartphone screens getting larger with each new model, TrafficamSG’s webcam feed will look too small or pixelized.

3. Park-A-Lot {SG}- FREE
NiiDees LLP

Park A Lot
(image source: NiiDees LLP)

Park-A-Lot {SG}’s features include an option to calculate charges based on parking duration, motorcycle charges, alternate nearby parking space etc. The app shines with its miscellaneous info section. Details such as parking promos and alternate parking are included with locations. The relatively new app’s large database of rates is categorized with options like URA or attractions but the real-time functions such as lot availability remain buggy.

  • Besides parking rates and info, the updates have added more details based on user suggestions. Park-A-Lot {SG} includes a dedicated idea page and feedback form.
  • The rates themselves have annual updates (news accurate in Nov ’14.) The app itself advises drivers to check at the venue as actual rates might be different.

4. Carpark Rates- FREE
SGCM Pte Ltd

SG Car Park Rates
(image source: SGCM Pte Ltd)

The numbers don’t lie. With the number of installs ranging from 50k to 100k, Carpark Rates by sgcarmart proves its popularity with drivers all over Singapore. The car listing is comprehensive with over 700 parking lots. An intuitive UI that is easy to grasp makes using the app easy while on the go. Carpark Rates includes a traffic camera section that loads a good number of traffic images on a single page for easy scrolling.

  • Parking rates for specific locations could be updated more frequently. Similar to the above app, drivers may have to do a quick check as the rates may have been changed.
  • Each location shows the nearby parking areas as well so it saves time from opening the map to look for alternate parking spaces­

5. Gothere.sg- SGD$4.98
gothere.sg
Go there SG
(image source: blog.gothere.sg)

It’s hard to justify paying almost $5 for an app when there are many free alternatives in the market, but gothere.sg proves otherwise. Made by Singaporeans for Singaporeans, the app is tailored for locals. Typing abbreviations such as ‘tpy/amk hub’ bring up instant results and directions to the exact location (and carpark entrance) you want to go. Gothere.sg provides alternative routes and precise instructions right down to the estimated driving duration.

  • Apart from driving routes, they provide parking charges of your destination and alternate parking options. Several other useful features that are not found in the mobile/web version include a growing business listing and ERP calculator.
  • Unavailable for Android. Mirror Android apps provide the mobile version of gothere.sg, minus the useful features the paid app has.

6. Waze- FREE
Waze
Waze
(image source: Waze Mobile)

Join the local community in making driving around Singapore easier, with this social navigation app. Waze’s navigation map provides a dedicated real-time flow of traffic info such as traffic jams, road accidents and speed rate; all updated by various users as they use leave the app open while driving. With Google Map’s link to Waze, Searching for locations is quick; although the location categories are fixed by distance and not always accurate.

  • Has a GPS reader with a voiced turn-by turn guide. Good for staying in touch with contacts while on the go, be it your relatives driving to a meeting place or a friend needing help with navigating the road.
  • Being part transport and part social media, Waze requires an active phone number and account to even open and use the app. It drains the battery if the GPS locator is left switched on.

7. TomTom South East ASIA – SGD $88.98
TomTom International

Tom Tom
(image source: TomTom International)

If you are a driver who frequently travels to neighbouring countries and beyond, TomTom’s navigation app would be an alternative to Google Maps. Derived from the original GPS location devices that TomTom produces, the universal app has similar features such as voice guided navigation and a route calculator that determines the fastest routes. The app also links with your contacts and addresses so it’s easy to access them while driving. Daily free maps are available and navigation support works both on and offline.

  • Travellers who fear crazy data roaming charges can breather easier with this app as TomTom SEA works even without a date connection. Just make sure to predownload all needed maps before leaving!
  • Slow updates for the maps of certain countries. Searching for your destination with postal code is unavailable. It’ll be hard to justify this app’s price when there are cheaper apps out there with similar functions.

8. Pocket One Map Singapore – FREE
Nanyang Polytechnic
Pocket One Map
(image source: Pocket OneMap)

Pocket One Map serves as a mobile version of One Map, a map system provided by government agencies to provide location based info. It attempts to stand out from other transport apps by offering several unique functions besides providing directions. There’s SchoolQuery, where users can find buildings close to the selected school and a home rental info feature allowing searches for houses available for rent based on location.

The in-app map is based on official government maps and provides building/location details other apps don’t have. The app even has a function to search for property prices and a measurement tool, all using a simple UI that is easy to navigate.

While the Get Directions feature has options like traveling by the fastest or cheapest route or selecting routes that avoid ERP, load time for results is buggy and occasionally slow. The app allows searches for location by postal code, but doesn’t have auto fill in.

Most traffic/transport apps use up device battery quickly so an USB car charger would be good to have. Whether it be Android or Apple, every app has it’s own unique features and uses. Download a few into your smart device and see if which works for you. On a last note, amendments on the Road Traffic Act has been proposed and passed (as of Sep ’14) to have tougher penalties for usage of mobile phones and smart devices while driving [source]. While those apps on your device run on your hands-free GoPro mount, remember to drive safe.

If you are looking to rent a car in Singapore, nothing gives the RC9 team greater joy than finding the ideal car rental for you in Singapore. Our main focus is to bring car rental in Singapore to you at greater discounts and savings! From budget car rental to long term car leasing in Singapore, let us find the best rates for you.

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Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Singapore, RC9.co is an online platform where you can compare and book trusted rental cars in more than 7300 locations and 150 countries worldwide. RC9.co compare prices from small, medium sized and large car rental companies all in one including major international car hire companies, including Europcar and Sixt. We also work with major local national suppliers globally that meet the high standards of service to ensure we can offer all our customers an excellent mix of pricing, variety and availability. Compare and book trusted rental cars in more than 7300 locations and 150 countries worldwide today! ✓ Hassle Free ✓ Massive Savings ✓ Huge Choices ✓ Rental Cars ✓ Car Hire ✓ Budget Car Hire
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