Automotive App of the Week: Slow Down for iPhone

We've all been there and done that: You're jammin' to a rippin' Jimmy Page riff or cruising to Kid Cudi and as you're getting into the groove your right foot is getting into the gas without you realizing it. Now there's an app for that.

Slow Down is a free iPhone app that uses GPS to pinpoint your location and the speed limit therein. Then it slows the tempo of your iTunes or stops the music altogether when you exceed the posted speed to alert you before a police officer does. It's a cool idea and an app that any music-loving automotive enthusiasts can appreciate. But Slow Down is not yet up to speed for the U.S.

For one, it's Euro-centric and measures speed in kilometers per hour instead of miles per hour, and in testing the app it doesn't seem to recognize speed zones in the U.S., even though it asked for my location. But it's easy enough to make the manual conversion since most U.S. speedos have kmh and mph. The app also allows choosing either 50, 90 or 120 kmh.

Check out the video below to see it in action. And since it's free, Slow Down is a fun app just to play with. Until it becomes annoying and you just want to listen to your music and drive — speed limit be damned.

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