Road, Inc. App Puts A Car Museum At Your Fingertips: Video

The problem with automotive museums is that you generally have to go somewhere (usually far away) to visit one. Worse, they’re only open limited hours, and most want you to pay every single time you visit.

In a perfect world, we’d be able to access images, data, videos and sound clips of historic automobiles at our fingertips, from a tablet or a laptop. The world may not be perfect, but thanks to app developer Pyrolia, it is now a better place for those of us with 10w-30 in our veins.

Road, Inc, Pyrolia’s latest app (discovered by Antony Ingram on All Car Tech), puts a virtual car museum at your fingertips. At a selling price of $9.99, it isn’t inexpensive, but it includes a remarkable amount of content, including interactive 3D representations of 50 different automobiles, soundtracks, fact sheets, period advertisement, factory schematics, video clips and more.

There are some downsides. First, you don’t get all the content for all the cars, so even after spending the price of admission you may be disappointed to learn the app doesn’t include a copy of the dealer sales brochure for your 1934 Avions Voisin C 25.

You don’t get to pick which 50 cars are included, either, and the list is somewhat eclectic. Sure, there are the expected suspects, like the 1910 Ford Model T, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the 1959 Citroen 2 CV and the 2006 Bugatti Veyron, but there are glaring omissions, too.

The only Corvette, for example, is the 1958, not the more iconic 1963 split-window. An AC Cobra makes the cut, but it’s a 1963 289 MK II and not the 1965-67 427 Cobra that helped solidify the car’s legend. A Lamborghini Countach makes the cut, but the more more historically significant Lamborghini Miura is excluded.

Still, we suppose you have to start somewhere, and Pyrolia did a very good job of covering as broad a range as possible. It sounds like future updates, including additional cars and materials, are planned, so the app won’t remain unused once you’ve absorbed all its current information.

For now, Road, Inc. is available for the Apple iPad only, and we doubt that the app’s stunning imagery would look as nice on the iPhone. If you love cars of all shapes, sizes and vintages, it looks like Road, Inc. is a worthy investment.


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  2. @Tony12, just to confirm, you can access all 50 cars, correct? Pyrolia promises to "unlock" another 10 cars in a coming update, which should give you 60 (unless the original app only gave access to 40).

    I look at it this way - $9.95 is less than you'd pay for a coffee table book, and the iPad is much more portable.

  3. I think the original app gives access to 40 cars + 10 more cars that are going to be unlock everyweek for free , so at the end that s 50 cars ... they announce on their website they will come with additional cars later, on a new update, but i do not know if it is going to be free for original buyers or if it will be in app purchase ...

    Indeed, the iPad is more portable that a thick book, and there is much more content within it :-)

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