Freeware Friday: aCar for Android Reduces Your Carbon Footprint – I drive a lot for my job — sometimes more than 30,000 miles per year. So it’s essential for me to keep my automobile expenses in check. Armand Avanes’ aCar app for Android is my favorite mobile money manager, and it’s my pick for Freeware Friday.

Here’s a screenshot of the aCar app for Android:


This handy little app will track your maintenance, repair, and fill-up expenses, and also provides expensible data for business trips. It even keeps up with your scheduled services and reminds you when it’s time for a tune-up. As with many apps, aCar offers free and paid versions — but they’re both for Android only. The free version has no major limitations or irritating ‘nag’ screens. The primary advantage of the paid app is that it automatically backs up your data to the cloud.

aCar offers a range of other great features, too. I’ve found that the statistics it generates are particularly useful, as sudden drops in MPG can be a sign of impending problems with your vehicle. It’s also socially integrated, so you can share your stats and charts on G+, Facebook and Twitter. There’s even a feature that predicts exactly when you’ll need to fill up next and what your mileage will be on any given day.


One of my favorite things about aCar is the set of widgets it comes with– which, unfortunately, are only available in the paid app. The MPG widget really does help me to drive more efficiently, even though the data isn’t generated in real-time. It almost makes me wish I drove a hybrid with an in-dash computer that encourages you to drive more economically. It’s so easy to lose track of your carbon footprint, but aCar and similar applications can help you to stay focused on living green, and save you some green in the process.

If you drive for work, or are simply a car tech enthusiast, aCar may be just what you’ve been looking for. It’s available here at Google Play for devices running Android 2.1 and up.

Image credits: Jeremy Lesniak