Released today for iOS and currently serving only Louisville, Where The Trucks At bills itself as "the most accurate food truck finder In the world." Download the free app at the iTunes store. (Where the Trucks At is coming soon to Google Android devices.)
The app is divided into three main screens:
·Nearby, which shows a map with the user's whereabouts and ostensibly the location of food trucks within 0.5, 1 or 2 miles
·All trucks, which lists, um, all trucks whether they are open or closed; selecting a truck's name brings up its menu (for five of the eight trucks anyway) and contact info
·Profile, which contains fields for signing into the app, but no instructions how to create an account
If you can get past the implied assumption that the only food trucks worth finding in the world are the eight Louisville ones that are listed, the app appears to be a handy locator (all trucks were listed as closed when Eater was testing the app, which was probably true as we didn't get around to playing with it until after our daily siesta).
Food trucks listed in the app so far are Johnny's Diner Car, Hi-Five Doughnuts, Get It on a Bun at Booty's, Traveling Kitchen, Gyros Express, Grind Gourmet Burger Truck, Root Mobile and Sweet N Savory.
Downloaded on an iPad 2, the app crashed repeatedly. Later in the day, when installed on an iPhone 4S, it ran much smoother. Where The Trucks At acknowledged the problem and said it believed the problem was fixed.
As for how the project came about, according to an Insider Louisville article from March:
The six-person team met at Startup Weekend, and at the end of the event it had earned third place out of 10 teams. The company includes two developers, one designer and three non-techs. The Where the Trucks At? crew most recently met on Thu, Mar. 14. They're hoping to have the app ready for testing on April 1 (no joke).
·Louisville part of White Castle plan to test food trucks [Business First]
·Breaking Down Burgers By The Numbers [~ELOU~]
[Photo: Courtesy Where The Trucks At]