September 29th, 2009
Zipcar iPhone app shifts into gear
The app—designed by Portland-based iPhone agency Small Society—allowed you to find and reserve Zipcars, unlock your car, even honk the horn. But for all the bells and whistles, the app had one major problem: it wasn’t available to the general public. Until now.
Now, describing the app is fine. But seeing it work is better. And while the UI and some of the features have been tweaked a bit, you’ll get a general gist of how the whole thing works from the WWDC demo.
What’s that? You don’t use Zipcar? Well you can—and should—use the app anyway. Why? Because it’s a beautiful implementation of map kit, push notifications, and other iPhone OS 3.0 features. And let’s be honest, honking the horn is just fun—even if it completely annoys your coworkers. Or maybe especially because it annoys your coworkers.
The Zipcar app is free. And from the looks of things, there are quite a few vehicles available in the Portland area at the moment.