25 Cool car gadgets to improve your everyday commute
No matter how new your car is, there are plenty of ways it can improve - and we can show you. From the high-tech to the highly convenient, these cool car gadgets are all about upgrading your daily drives.
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When you buy a car, there are usually loads of add-on options. While plenty of brands are embracing new technology in their vehicles, it can come at a costly price. And, even then, the tech may become outdated or you may find you rarely use it.
Rather than upgrade to a new vehicle, you can just upgrade the own you already have. Check out these 25 cool car gadgets that will improve your everyday commute.
Providing UBS-C Power Delivery 3.0, this device powers and charges your laptop and other gadgets on the road. Complete with VogDUO-certified support for Nintendo Switch, the VogDUO car charger keeps your game going anywhere. In addition, the extra USB-A port offers 12 watts of power so you can charge other mobile devices simultaneously. Thanks to the integrated LED light, you can even tell when your car battery is running low and replace it in time.
This exceptionally slim after-market HUD secures instantly and easily to your dashboard to provide information while keeping you focused on the road. Offering all the details you could need, HUDWAY Drive delivers directions, calls, and notifications right to your eyeline. The special design has a transparent display, meaning you can still see the road ahead while viewing directions and more. Along with the superbly slim design, HUDWAY Drive has a slide-in mechanism for easy installation while all cables plug into the mount rather than the device itself.
Always know what is going on with your car tires with the nonda ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor. Offering slow leak detection, this car accessory provides real-time alerts to keep you safe. The ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor warns you whenever there are issues with your tire pressure to prevent dangerous blowouts from occurring. Considering the effort it takes to change your tire on the road, it’s always good to be aware in advance.
Featuring a three-in-one design, this device includes a phone mount, video dash cam, and wireless smartphone charger. With the Ultimate Wireless Car Charger, all you have to do is drop your device in place for it to charge. Regardless of how you place your smartphone, the charger locks it into place automatically so you can stay focused on the road.
SureCall N-Range Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Booster
This device increases text, voice, and 4G LTE for a single device inside your car, truck, or SUV. Easily installed in three steps, the N-Range Vehicle Cell Phone Signal Boosterimproves all cell carrier signals in North America. Using Extended Range Technology™, the booster captures, amplifies, and transmits the enhanced signal in an effective way. Additionally, the N-Range booster eliminates signal loss before increasing the signal to maximize performance in any environment. Because let’s face it, no one likes a lost signal on the road.
This electrical warning triangle turns a passive warning into a proactive one. Designed for roadside emergencies, TRILIGHT combines seven useful features for drivers into one device. When used as a warning triangle, the light offers high visibility. The multifunctional car partner is also a camp light when set to a low-brightness mode or a work light in a high-brightness mode.
Designed for your car, this compact gadget makes it easy to get directions, stream music, and make calls without using your hands. By saying Ok Google, the device activates Google Assistant so you can get help while driving. Likewise, you never have to take your eyes off the road thanks to voice navigation. Hands-free access to your digital life while driving on the road – how cool is that?!
Attaching directly to the vent in your vehicle, this car charger securely holds your device in place. And, it works with a variety of lightweight cases measuring up to 3mm. By using the latest Qi technology, your smartphone will begin to charge as soon as it comes into contact with the mount. Plus, it delivers 10W of power. As a result, you can simply set your device and place and rest assured you’ll arrive at your destination ready to go.
Complete with Echo Auto Dash Mount, this device connects to Alexa via your phone and plays through the speakers in your car. Designed for in-car use, Echo Auto comes with eight microphones. Likewise, it can hear you speak over the AC, road noise, and music. Simply ask Alexa to play music, find a gas station, open your garage door, check the news, give directions and more. Who’s up for bringing Alexa on a road trip?
With all the ports you need, this versatile charging system can actually charge up to five different devices at the same time. This simultaneous charging is made possible by the five convenient ports. The X5+ has Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, USB0-C, and USB 2/2.4 ports. The smart device even has RapidX proprietary intelligent recognition technology. It can detect the device you plug in and deliver the optimal and most efficient power for charging. That’s all you need to make sure your gadgets charge efficiently on the go.
Offering dealer-level technology, this device allows you to diagnose, customize, and service your car through an app. Compatible with Android and iOS devices, Carista OBD2 communicates with your device via Bluetooth. To use the adapter, simply plug it into the OBD2 port, which is usually under the dashboard. After you turn Bluetooth on, wait for the app to connect to the car automatically. It’s a must-have for daily commuters to tabs on the health status of their car.
Featuring a forward-facing and an inside-facing camera, Owl covers both the inside and outside of your car. Additionally, the cameras stay on and send videos to cloud storage 24/7. Likewise, it uses a fast and reliable 4G internet connection. This allows you to use live video streaming to check up on your car at any time from anywhere. WIth Owl, you can keep eyes on your car even while it’s parked the entire day.
Plugging directly into your vehicle, it gives you instant access to your tunes wirelessly. Using the app on your smartphone, the Zus Music Adapter connects via FM, 3.5mm AUX cable, or Bluetooth. It also works with any vehicle no matter the make, model, or even the year. Once plugged in and ready, the Zus Music Adapter unlocks your musical world. Plus, it comes with a remote that you can easily attach to your dashboard.
The Roav C1 dash cam comes with an advanced Sony Exmor sensor and wide-angle lens and captures in FULL HD 1080P and covers four lanes of traffic. With Nighthawk Vision technology, the Roav C1 even works at night. Additionally, the gravity sensor automatically activates the camera if your car experiences are impact or movement, such as hit-and-runs.
Offering turn-by-turn directions, it gets you from A to B with ease. In addition to GPS, the Speak Plus connects wirelessly to your device to give you access to Amazon Alexa. Using your voice, you can play your music, control smart home devices, and more. The Speak Plus is just like the original Garmin Speak save for one great feature: a built-in camera.
Featuring a high 2.4A power output, this useful car charger allows you to charge your high power devices like an iPad or tablet. Additionally, the hub comes with five USB ports so you can charge multiple devices simultaneously. With it, you can charge your MP3 player, camera, Kindle, GPS unit, and more while on the road. With a two foot long cable, both front and back seat passengers can conveniently reach the charger.
This high-power machine removes 99 percent of bacteria, dust, pollen, and other particles from the air inside your car. It can also capture pet hair and scrub away the smell of nicotine. In fact, the GoPure is three times more effective at removing smoke residue than ionizers. While the air purifier does its job, it also monitors the air quality inside your car. The device gives you a color-coded reading, with blue being excellent and red being poor.
Plugging into your cigarette port in your vehicle, this device gives you two charging options. At the top of the Car Charger is a USB A port as well as a USB C port. With this, you can top up virtually any device you have. In addition, as more devices advance their port designs, you can charge future smartphones and even your laptop and more all while in the car.
Featuring crystal-clear 1080p 60fps HD video, the VAVA Smart Dash Cam is suitable for both day and night use. It comes with a swivel 360 design so you can capture footage in all directions, including the inside of your car. Additionally, the dash cam provides a built-in microphone that can easily record your car chats or carpool karaoke sessions. It also offers a WiFi channel and mobile app so you can conveniently transfer recordings and pictures to your smartphone.
This stunningly sleek looks more like a smart button than a diffuser. Available in seven different colors, the DM1 Diffuser is a cool car gadget that slowly releases a delightful scent to fill your space. You can also refill it as needed to keep things smelling fresh. The DM1 Diffuser is as timeless as it is useful. Because it has this modern aesthetic, you can bring it with you anywhere and it will always fit in.
This device features all the technology you need to improve your car. Raven offers 24/7 live video, allowing you to keep an eye on what’s happening inside and around your car in HD. Likewise, it allows you to monitor your car at all times no matter where you are. With security that’s always on, Raven will send you a live video alert if someone tries to break into your vehicle.
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Nonda Zus Smart Vehicle Health Monitor
This nifty device plugs right into the OBD II port of your car. From there, it connects to your smartphone. At any moment, you can open the app and see an entire overview of the health of your vehicle. In addition, you can also set the app to send you alerts. Because the Zus Health Monitor is always in place, it can continuously check all of your systems.
This car camera has a large aperture of 2.0 and is complete with a non—spherical, HD lens. This gives you crystal clear images with impeccable detail no matter the time of day. The WDR imaging software ensures you always see the best image. In addition to this technology, the Goluk T3 also has advanced number plate recognition. Installing in just minutes, the Goluk T3 has a 360-degree rotatable structure.
Compact yet highly effective, this tool can save your life. Chances are slim you’ll ever be trapped in a sinking car. But if you were, safety experts estimate you have only about 30 seconds to escape. Featuring military-grade aluminum with IPX7 waterproofness, autoXscape is a serious emergency multi-tool that can help you survive in three steps: Slash, Bash, and Flash. With this tool, you can cut through the jammed seatbelt, break the window, and use the light to alert people to your location.
With Chris riding next to you, you can manage your messages, take and end calls, control your music, and even follow navigation. In addition, Chris is super intelligent. The more you use Chris, the more Chris learns and understands you. This begins with innovative speech recognition as well as gesture control. Additionally, the artificial intelligence is there to support you every step of the way. Tell Chris you want to go home and he will take you there.
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