inRoute Review

Updated 09152023-062006


so... I feel fairly committed to actually working through the entirety of this review I started regarding inRoute - a custom navigation application for iOS/iPadOS/macOS which represents the most thorough, widely-usable hope I've yet come across for a truly commandable navigation app.

and guess who is going to help me?

none other than mr gee pee tea himself.

by u/how-sway-how from discussion Road Warrior
in Fedexers




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This app will help you plan your road trip by giving you need-to-know information about your journey, including road conditions, weather along the way and delays. You can view things like your route's elevation and curviness on interactive charts, and even export your route to the Navigon iOS for voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. InRoute also helps you find the fastest route to your destination, as well as gas, hotels, places to eat and fun things to stop and see along the way.

inRoute Review

A one-of-a-kind navigation experience for recreational driving enthusiasts and commuters, alike.

For my whole adult life, driving recreationally has been the one activity which has consistently brought me joy. Indeed, I have covered thousands and thousands of miles - mostly throughout my home state, Missouri - since first acquiring my license some 15 years ago. Though I was making less than $8 an hour at a tool store, I spent virtually all of it on what little fuel my NB Miata consumed across 15,000 of these in just our first summer together. I was 19 and - though I thought I'd been exposed to a great breadth of car culture - I did not realize just how much of it has absolutely nothing to do with actually driving.

There are plenty of very good reasons for this, of course - depreciation, danger, etc. - but in the decade since I'd owned that car1, I've nursed a hypothesis that feels more original than I'd like it to: I'm not sure local "fast boys" actually know where to go to enjoy their automobiles. Having just gotten back on the road for the first time in several years, this notion has become especially poignant thanks to frequent observations made in just the past eight or nine weeks. I've seen far too much fast boy behavior in completely inappropriate locales. (Full-throttle Hellcat acceleration downtown on a busy weekend evening, for instance.)

However, in tandem with these, I have also observed - having returned to the routes I would have once been able to prescribe more or less verbally in place of these contexts - that all have become more risk-intensive settings in which to drive quickly. Route K between The Big Burr Oak and Rock Bridge High School - where I once spent my gas station lunch breaks shuffling my dear, departed XJR through wooded, empty bends - has now been stricken with significantly greater traffic (motorists and otherwise,) and blessed with roundabouts, as has Route WW East of US 63. The exact stretch of Missouri Route 179 on which Myke's Evo X made me yell cartoonishly featured an actual pedestrian walking up a blind hill the first time I revisited last summer.

The simple explanation is that the mid-Missouri area surrounding Columbia which I will probably occupy until after my casket drops has expanded dramatically in population. In so many ways, I have struggled with little success to adapt to this fact, recently, to the misfortune of those around me, but in this crucial aspect of driving as recreation, I have found some hope in the form of digital tools. Rekindling my interest in manifesting a multi-use social service for driving enthusiasts have been RoadStr and MyRoute - both of which allow routes to be shared and published. They also both have CarPlay-enabled iOS apps, though I'm afraid neither represent a suitable replacement when one need actually navigate.

Mid-navigation, pre-waypoint in inRoute's CarPlay interface.
Mid-navigation, pre-waypoint in inRoute's CarPlay interface.

Cooper's Landing

The most essential application that's enabled me to explore and publish routes to these services has been inRoute, which appears on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS via Catalyst. Its CarPlay integration manages to be perhaps the most refined such experience I've encountered from a third-party app.

  1. Which, it's perhaps relevant to note, is for driving recreationally far more than most, if that's not obvious.  ↩︎