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Weather on Wheels wants to make road trips safer for everyone

By Mike Wheatley | June 29, 2016

If you’re planning a long road trip or simply find yourself on the road more often than not, driving to various home viewings, you may want to check out the new Weather on Wheels app that delivers weather forecast updates throughout your journey.

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Weather on Wheels is a popular app that makes it fun and easy to check out the latest weather forecast while you’re on the go. The app works simply, just enter your starting point and final destination in the app, add in a start time, and the app will display weather forecasts for your entire route. If the app predicts a bad storm or other inclement weather, it can also help to suggest a different time to start driving, or an alternative route that avoids the worst of the weather.

The app is designed to make road trips safer for everybody. Storms, snow, icy roads, heavy rain, dense fog, and severe crosswinds can make for extremely hazardous road conditions. These weather events cause more than 1 million crashes every year resulting in about 6,000 fatalities and 500,000 injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Weather on Wheels combines forecasts from the U.S. National Weather Service and route information from Google.

Now, Weather on Wheels has just been given a major update, just in time for Fourth of July road travel. A lot of the improvements and new features were prompted by user feedback, the company claimed. Some of the new features include new options to display the predicted travel time, the chance of rain, as well as air temperature and wind speed forecasts.

Other new features include updates icons that display more detailed weather conditions, a pull down legend to describe each of the icons, and a new calendar for setting the date of your road trip.

“We’ve reviewed all user comments and are really excited to implement these new updates to better help them in planning the safest routes during their road trips,” said Dr. Philippe Tissot, Associate Director and Research Scientist at the CBI. “Our goal has always been to keep this graphics-based app very easy for our users to navigate.”

The Weather on Wheels app was designed and built by students at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in collaboration with the Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) and the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. You can download the app from Google Play store (Android) or the App Store (iOS).

Mike Wheatley is the senior editor at Realty Biz News. Got a real estate related news article you wish to share, contact Mike at [email protected].
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