With all the gadgets being released to enhance car connectivity and performance, there isn’t a need to shell out the money for a brand new smart car. With these car gadgets, you can teach your old car some new tricks and stay up-to-date with the latest technology:
Turn Your Car Into a Wifi Hotspot
Staying connected while on-the-go is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your road trip or turn your car into a mobile office. With Zubie’s in-car wi-fi, you can turn your car into its very own hotspot. You’ll have to activate a Verizon data plan and pay $10 a month for the service, but you’ll be able to connect multiple devices and reap these other benefits:
- Turns on automatically with your car
- No batteries or chargers required
- Connect up to 10 devices
- Stay connected for 15 minutes after your car turns off
- Connected by the fastest and most reliable network, Verizon 4G LTE
Track Important Data
Perhaps one of the coolest devices you can get for your car is an on board diagnostics device that gives you real time performance updates. The Zubie key, for example, connects to your car to give you information on maintenance alerts, engine diagnostics, travel tracking, and much more. It also tracks your driving behaviour (like sharp turns, speeding, or breaking hard) and provides safety tips based on your driving habits.
With its ability to track location and give you updates on family members whereabouts and nearest fuel stations, The Zubie key is like your own personal co-pilot. And if you really want to feel connected, you can even connect your Zubie with the Amazon Echo so that you can ask Echo things like “where is my car?” or “how much fuel do I have left?”
Use Your Phone as a Backup Camera
Most new cars are made with video screens that give you a rear view when backing up, but if your car doesn’t have a console screen, you can turn your smartphone into a rear-view monitor with Pearl’s RearVision.
It works by placing the camera/sensor attachment around your license plate, plugging in the car adapter, and installing the app on your phone. The Pearl RearVision is connected with wifi and bluetooth and gives real time audio and visual alerts anytime cars, objects, or people are in your path. You can use it to park like a pro or look around the corner when backing out of a parking space.
Avoid Collisions with Mobile Eye
One of the main pieces of technology self-driving cars use is the ability to measure distance and detect pedestrians and other structures to help prevent collisions. Well, after installing a mobile eye camera in your car, you can receive the same warning when approaching an object or when something (or someone) crosses your driving path.
This is ideal for those whose jobs involve a lot of driving. It’s human nature to get distracted or lose attention while driving long distances, but mobile eye’s real-time alerts can help keep you focused on the road. A mobile eye will set you back $850, but it’s nothing compared to the cost of a new car with the technology built-in.
So, if you’re ready for a new driving experience, make your car smarter with these gadgets.