South African app beats international competition


21 January 2015

Car Guru, an app created by South African developer Sukasha Singh, beat off stiff competition from other emerging markets to be named runner up in the international Vodafone appStar competition.

Vodafone, the international mobile telecommunications group, selected 10 regional winners from Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, India and South Africa to compete in the final leg of the competition in Bangalore, India, explained Singh. The awards were handed out on 15 January.

In the South African leg of the competition, Car Guru, which works on Apple and Android phones and tablets, won the Best Upcoming Developer award; Mike Kroger’s Tracker app won the Best Established Developer award.

Singh and Kroger went on to compete against the other country winners, with Singh’s app recognised in the Best Upcoming Developer category. The winner in this category was a Kenyan app, Guide Rig.

“It was an honour to represent my country in this competition and I’m really proud about the runner-up award because the other competitors had very good apps,” she added.

Vodafone sponsors the appStar competition in its emerging markets to encourage and support app developers.

Car Guru is a multipurpose motoring app featuring motoring news, cars for sale, business directories and more. It is free and can be downloaded from Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

Singh, a motoring journalist, said the first version of the app was released about two years ago. “We tweeked it and released Version 2 in September 2014. We have between 5 000 and 10 000 users.”

Car Guru’s mission is to “simplify your motoring experience, to provide one easy-to- use resource for all your motoring needs”.

It not only provides motoring news or just cars for sale. “We combine various elements to give you, the user, a holistic experience,” says the developers. “The free Car Guru app is the result of two years of research into the app world, concentrating specifically on what consumers appreciate most about their favourite apps.”

On Car Guru, users can search for cars on sale in their price bracket; read what motoring writers say about those cars; calculate your repayments and even search for dealers in their area to test-drive those cars.

SAinfo reporter