There’s a new iPhone app on the market called Backseat Driver, which lets kids take a virtual drive linked to the real journey via GPS, in a bid to relieve children’s boredom during long drives.
Players chase the Papa Car – the real driver – in their own vehicle along a route similar to that which they are really moving along.
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The app uses satellite positioning and creates a road layout with a similar number of twists and turns. Players steer to the left or the right by tilting the phone and earn extra points for driving well.
In addition to entertaining restless children, the app could be handy for relatives who insist on driving from the backseat even when it annoys the person behind the wheel.
In Backseat Driver, the Papa Car drops various objects that are linked to landmarks and shops taken from real-life buildings that are driven past.
Players collect the objects and save them to view information about the locations later. Points collected can be used to modify the car with a different colour or better engine.
The game allows users to share their routes via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and compete in an online league table of how far they have travelled.
Can you think of any other app ideas that might quash boredom in a similar way?