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The recent declines in the global oil price have been greeted with joyous celebrations by petrolheads the world over, but are motorists really getting the savings they should be?
A new South African app aims to make sure that people can answer that question in the affirmative. FillApp, which is meant to always be up-to-date with the country’s petrol price, tells you when the best time to next fill up would be.
According to the app’s creators, once FillApp knows how big your carâ€™s fuel tank is and what fuel you use, it will send a reminder each month informing you of the fuel price change, how much youâ€™ll save and whether you should fill up before or after the change (depending if itâ€™s a price increase or decrease).
â€œThe aim here was to develop something simple, intuitive and unobtrusiveâ€ says co-creator Fabio Longano. â€œApps have become an integral part of our lives, but many of them donâ€™t take the consumer into account. FillApp has been designed to fit seamlessly into your day-to-day, empowering locals to save money.â€
Using information made available to the public via agency and government websites, the app also predicts price changes.
“Every-day-people aren’t able to access this data efficiently and conveniently when they need to,” says co-creator Lance Jenkins, “So we did the time, crunched the code and came out with an elegant product that will hopefully add a touch of convenience to everyoneâ€™s lives”.