smartCARS 2 Released

smartCARS 2.0 has been released! The official release trailer is below.

Starting today, virtual airlines around the world will begin migrating to smartCARS 2. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to create a flight tracker/pilot client that exceeds expectations and allows us to deliver more than ever before. We’ve listened to feedback, suggestions, and complaints alike and implemented the best of them into what we hope to grow into a powerful application experience. In addition, we’ve implemented smartCARS Premium – a new system that allows us to offer extended features to all smartCARS pilots (per their desire, of course). More information on that is available via the product page (links at the end).

As of now, we have the release and development of smartCARS 2 planned in three phases. I’ve detailed them below:

  • Phase 1: Initial rollout. Starting today, we’ll be getting virtual airlines converted from smartCARS 1.X to 2.0 and getting any initial bugs squashed.
  • Phase 2: Immediately following the holidays, we’ll be working with translators and our team to offer a unified, localized experience for users of many different languages. We’ll also be finishing the smartCARS mobile apps during this phase.
  • Phase 3: Approximately 90 days from now, we’ll begin phasing out smartCARS 1.X and removing legacy files and support from our servers.

An official change log from smartCARS 1.47 to smartCARS version 2 is available here http://tfdidesign.com/forums/index.php?/topic/571-change-log/.

Availability

Starting with smartCARS 2, you can purchase a smartCARS license for either a $69.99 up-front fee, or for $5.83 for 12 months. The smartCARS product page is available at https://tfdidesign.com/?p=smartcars2.

smartCARS Premium is available for $3.99 per month for the pilot. The virtual airline does not purchase Premium. The smartCARS Premium product page is available at https://tfdidesign.com/?p=smartcarspremium.

The Future

As always, an initial release is never the end for us. This is a community platform and now that it’s in full view of the community, we have so many things we look forward to adding to smartCARS and smartCARS Premium (such as a fuel planner… except, it’ll be better than expected). We look forward to hearing community feedback and continuing to impress with the smartCARS platform.

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Collin Biedenkapp

I am the lead programmer at TFDi Design.