Find Your City's Cheapest Fuel With The GasBuddy App, Out Today In Australia

Ever wondered where the cheapest petrol or diesel or LPG is around your house or near your work? GasBuddy, a fuel-finding app which has over 15 million active users in the US, is launching today in Australia.

The concept behind GasBuddy is simple, but it requires a critical mass of users to be effective. Individual GasBuddy users, using their apps on iOS and Android, check prices for the different grades of unleaded, diesel and LPG fuel at petrol stations and submit them to the GasBuddy database, which is updated in real time. Other users confirm those prices after seeing them, or submit updates if prices change.

GasBuddy incentivises users with a daily $100 fuel card giveaway in the US, and will do the same within Australia, especially during launch as it tries to get new users onboard quickly. Challenges — which might include users reporting prices for specific fuels, or within specific regions or on certain underperforming days of the week — and regular reporting build points, which users can use to enter the daily giveaway draws. It's a simple system, but it's effective when teamed with the community-minded nature of the app and the inherent advantage of finding cheaper fuel.

In the US, GasBuddy already gets 60 million price reports per month, with a core of power users submitting dozens of different prices per day. Even a passive user that doesn't submit any prices gets the advantage of GasBuddy's crowdsourcing finding the cheapest prices, though, and it also services as a repository for extra service station information including utilities like bathrooms and ATMs. In our early use, it's possible to find significant price variance between different nearby stations — and navigating to the cheaper one is easy.

GasBuddy's Australian country manager, Nic Moulis, has years of experience in the fuel industry both as a petrol station operator and on the supply side of the chain; he's confident the service will help motorists find better deals in the 5 to 8 kilometre radius that statistics say they usually buy fuel within. “Petrol prices vary greatly even within a small distance, and that has long been a pain point for Aussies." Australia is the first country outside of the US and Canada that GasBuddy has launched in in its 15 years of service.


Comments

    Maybe for the Australian version of the app, they can call it "FuelBuddy"
    You know, since the substance you're looking to buy is a liquid, not a gas.....

      But the substance you're looking to combust is a gas.

        But you don't 'buy' Gas.

      Gas - gasoline
      Petrol - petroleum
      I see where it comes from but it annoys the hell oiut of me too.

    Don't know about the rest of the country but in WA we have fuelwatch.wa.gov.au which gives us the prices the day before.

      I was going to say this; surely Fuelwatch already has this covered? Maybe Gasbuddy needed more market research.

    Wait till the government find out about this and suddenly try to ban this because of backlash from petrol stations not getting any customers. Ohhhhh I give this about 1 week!

    Maybe it's just me, but it's not immediately apparent how to add a missing service station (eg Woolworths Petrol at Newington seems to be missing).

      I can't work it out either. Costco isn't on there either, or the Woolworths Petrol next door.

    The substance you are looking to combust is a liquid, unless it's LPG.

      You do realise the "L" in "LPG" means "Liquid".

    there's aleady an Android app, called "FuelMap Australia".
    same concept. but, Sadly, not too many users.

      With a name like that it's no wonder it's unknown.

        Well it uses everything you need to know... Fuel (what you are buying), Map (where is it?), Australia (not a US based thingy).

        I would think it should be very popular based on that!

    There's already Motormouth, which uses the data from Fuel Watch (in WA) and directly from the operators elsewhere - none of this user-contributed BS. Although unfortunately the app isn't as great as it once was.

      The ACCC has mandated that the public is to get access to the "price-sharing" system that the service stations use.
      http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/petrol-prices-consumers-to-get-access-retailers-data-under-accc-deal-20151222-gltsaz.html
      Once that comes in, no user contributions will be necessary.

    But...But...I'm not allowed to use my phone at a servo??

    I've been using Fuel Map Australia http://www.fuelmap.com.au/ for over 6 months now. Same idea really, crowd-sourced data.
    Is available on iOS, Android and Windows

    Haven't we had the petrolspy app for a while now which is this exact thing, even with the fuel voucher give-aways. Is this a paid advertising article?

      Sigh. No, this is not an advertorial -- we mark any advertorials extremely clearly on Gizmodo, unlike some of our competitors. This is just a news article making people aware that GasBuddy is now available; I've been using it and I like it so far. Simple as that.

      I was just about to say the exact same thing. Albeit not $100 vouchers, but $25 is still good.

    Maybe they'd like to tell us why unleaded has jumped some $0.24 ($0.98 -> $1.22) in a matter of days?
    Anyone?

    Just added three servo's pricing and I'm now the leader of my city. Hopefully it takes off but not so much so far. The only one someone else had added in was the unleaded price for a servo that has been closed since November for a full overhaul (buildings demolished and rebuilt, new tanks, etc). Good job!

    The ACCC recently ruled the service used by service stations to share pricing information between each other is meant to make their data publicly available. Did it disappear overnight?

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