Whether you are a police, a patrolling security officer, or just a car hobbyists, there will be time when you feel that you need to have a comprehensive catalog of cars. This is especially vital for officers when it comes to tracking down certain crimes on the road, where one should be able to identify the vehicle involved based on the eye-witness’s information. So here is a compact app designed for the iOS platform, which will be useful for such circumstances. V.I.S (Vehicle Identification System), by Ten 8 Industries, features an extensive list of vehicles made in the recent decade, complete with images for the visual identification process.
The app is pretty straightforward and simple, which is certainly effective towards the main purpose of this app where swift identification is needed. The navigation system is easy to use. In the first screen, you will be prompted to choose the production year, which is currently ranging from 2001 to 2010, and will be updated for each new year. The app itself needs an internet connection to be usable.
Upon the year selection, you will be presented with the list of car brands available for the chosen year. There are quite a lot brands listed here, from various countries, including brands I have never heard of. Next, you will be shown all the models made by the brand you have chosen in the selected production year.
As soon as you select one of the model names, you will be brought to the gallery screen, where you can view several images of the selected model. You can view several of them here, with each of them showing different views of the car. You can easily browse them using the two buttons on the bottom bar.
Obviously, this app is not for everyone, as many won’t probably need a car catalog on their pocket. But surely, when it comes to the right people, this app will come in handy. One issue that I found, is that the app frequently crashed. I successfully access the whole app after several attempts on my iPad, but I never managed to open it on my iPod touch. Considering the main purpose of this app, this bug shouldn’t be neglected. As for the current recognition process, I feel that this app is more suitable for car hobbyists, rather than for handling crimes, as officers might need to browse the whole catalog only to be able to identify a certain vehicle. So I hope that more advanced recognition features would be added later, for an even better and faster identification process. Anyway, you can get this app for $0.99 from the AppStore, with a separate version for the iPad.