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04.06.2015

Smartphones make getting a driver’s license easier than ever

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What do you have to do to successfully pass a driving test? When can you get your licence? Which driving school will offer the best service at the lowest price? These are some of the questions that people of all ages ask when considering getting a licence to drive a vehicle. And these are questions that are not necessarily easy to answer. We all have varying schedules and budgets when it comes to preparing for the exam, making it difficult to find the option that fits our needs 100%.

Fortunately, there are now mobile applications to make your life easier and help you make decisions. One example is miDrive: an app founded in the U.K. that helps you find the ideal instructor and prepare for your driver’s test. You register, enter your location and priorities and a search engine helps you find the most suitable instructor for you.

This application has turned into a community of people interested in getting their driver’s licences and instructors offering their services. You can choose the most affordable instructor, the one closest to your home, and even whether the person is a man or a woman, if you like. You can also enter in the day of your driving test, and the app will provide you with a roadmap to success.

It generates plans similar to those found in apps like 8fit or Fitbit, but for tailored to obtaining a licence. According to your goals, miDrive will navigate your road to getting the licence, track your objectives, and use geolocation to map out the practice you have completed.

The app is currently free and available for iOS and Android devices. It is targeted at the more than 750,000 people preparing to get their driver’s licence in Britain each year. miDrive was founded in 2013 and has since managed to attract 2,400 instructors who have offered classes to more than 15,000 users.

But miDrive is not the only app offering this kind of services: Roadio and PassRight also offer interesting solutions, though the latter only focuses on the written test.

Driver’s licences are better when they’re mobile

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It is interesting to note that since 2014 initiatives have been emerging to digitize driver’s licences — so you can stop carrying it in your wallet and have it directly on your smartphone. And this is precisely what citizens of New South Wales in Australia will be doing.

An initiative for physical cards to become digital is in the approval process, which is expected to be completed in four years, when all citizens will be able to enjoy their driver’s licences on their phones.

In addition to Australia, in the state of Iowa in the United States, is going through a similar process. It would be the first American state to implement digital licences — but surely not the last. These cases are particularly relevant, since in countries without identity cards, the driving licence often acts as de facto identification. The adaptation of the driver’s licence to mobile phones also becomes a Mobile ID process, one of the projects promoted by the Mobile World Capital Foundation via its Smart Living program.