12 Cool Car Gadgets to Improve Your Driving Experience
Long trips can get boring, especially when “trapped” inside a car that’s equally boring and uncomfortable to ride in. If you drive a prestige SUV or any other type of luxury vehicle, you might have plenty of stuff to do while on the ride.
Unfortunately, not everyone drives around in a prestige car. If you’re one of those who have to content themselves in a boring and comfortable commute while saving for a new vehicle purchase, you can make the most of your time on the road by using car gadgets.
We’ve identified 10 of the latest car gadgets that can improve your driving experience.
Automatic Pro Car Adapter
Once plugged into your car’s standard diagnostic (OBD-II) port, the Automatic Car Adapter can pull data directly from the on-board computer and send a lot of valuable information about your vehicle to your phone. Among its many functions include tracking of your car's location, distance travelled, fuel efficiency, and driving duration. It can also send weekly and monthly driving reports to help you keep track of how much time you spend on the road. Additionally, it can diagnose problematic car parts, detect when you’re in a crash, and notify emergency services after an accident. The Automatic Car Adapter also works on third-party apps for a monthly fee.
iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Fast Charging Dash & Windshield Mount
For hassle-free phone charging during the ride, use the Easy One Touch Wireless Fast Charging Dash & Windshield Mount. Designed to safely hold your phone in place and charge it wirelessly while on the go, it comes with an adjustable grip to support all smartphone sizes. It allows for easy placement and removal of your phone with one hand. It also has a telescopic arm for a variety of positions. The device also charges your phone up to 40% faster than normal. The downside? It’s only compatible with Qi-enabled devices.
Handpresso Auto Hybrid Coffee Maker
Coffee on the go? Yes, please! With a Handpresso Auto Hybrid Coffee Maker, you can easily make coffee even while on the road. It also works with both ESE pods and ground coffee. To use, simply plug it into the vehicle’s lighter outlet and create your perfect barista-quality coffee in just 2 minutes. How cool is that? Designed for car use, the handy-dandy coffee maker is also compact enough to fit in the cupholder.
Sunsbell Car Kettle Boiler
Not a fan of coffee but a sucker for tea? Get a decent brew while driving around the town or countryside with the Sunsbell Electric Car Kettle. Just like the Handpresso Auto, the 750ml travel boiler can be conveniently plugged into your car’s lighter outlet and fits most vehicle cupholders. It comes with a safety lid to prevent spills. Not made exclusively for tea enthusiasts, it can also be used to boil water for coffee or a steamy bowl of soup.
Cooluli Cooler & Warmer
If you love having cold refreshments or warm food in your car while travelling, the Cooluli Electric Cooler and Warmer is your ideal companion. Designed for vehicle use, this portable device fits six 12 oz. cans but small enough to fit on top of the armrest in your backseat. Using AC/DC power adapters and a thermoelectric system, it allows easy switching from cooling to heating. Plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter outlet and you’re sure to have chilled beverages or warm snacks on all the way to your destination.
Chris In-Car Voice Assistant
Wanna feel like Tony Stark when driving around in your modest car? Use the Chris In-Car Voice Assistant, a digital assistant like Amazon's Alexa that’s specially made for drivers. Helping make your travel less stressful or exhausting especially when you have too much stuff to take care of, it can perform many functions like accepting phone calls and reading messages, playing and controlling music, and giving directions. It can be paired with your mobile phone via Bluetooth and can work even without an internet connection. Simply attach it on your windscreen like a sat nav and you’re good to go.
Philips GoPure Car Air Purifier
Unpleasant car odour can cause nausea, motion sickness, and other discomforts that ruin your supposedly delightful driving or riding experience, especially on long drives. Clean the air inside your car with Philips GoPure Compact 200. Using a three-layer filtration system, it can eliminate up to 99% of the harmful bacteria, gases, smoke, and other unpleasant odours without leaving you with harsh chemicals or scents to breathe in. Sleek and easy to install, it also has an integrated air-particles sensor that shows current air quality.
Launch OBD2 Scanner Code Reader
Dealing with unexpected car problems while driving across an unfamiliar place or when trying to catch an important appointment can be effectively managed if you’re a mechanic. If you’re not, you better have something useful to bring along for your trips like the Launch OBD2 Scanner Code Reader CR529 Enhanced Universal Automotive Scan Tool with Full OBDII Function.
A plug and play device that doesn’t need a battery to function, you can conveniently plug its diagnostic cable into your car’s DLC socket and it will automatically get power from the vehicle and starts working to check for any malfunctions. Compatible with most European, Asian and American vehicles from 1996, it has an easy user interface that helps you easily sus out issues on your car’s health status and gives you accurate repair advice.
AKASO Mirror Dash Cam with Backup Camera
For a safer driving experience that lets you see the scenes behind your car, get the Akaso Mirror Dash Cam with 10” backup camera, 1080P dual dash cam front and rear stream media touch screen DVR with Sony IMX307 G-sensor parking monitor. The DL9 dual dash has a front mirror cam and a back camera that are both 1080p and 170° super-wide-angle. This device offers a total of 340° viewing angle that can simultaneously record the driving details in the front and in the rear. The camera also doubles as a dashcam equipped with a Sony IMX307 sensor that has a night vision mode.
The camera automatically switches to the reversing image when reversing and provides a 170-degree wide viewing angle to provide maximum coverage for blind areas. It also has a built-in parking monitor that automatically records and saves videos when your vehicle is scratched or vandalized during parking. You can also playback footages on the screen; There’s no need to load files on a computer.
Vanmass Wireless Car Charger
Functioning as a phone mount and a wireless charger, the Vanmass Car Charger supports most smartphones in the market that are between 4 and 6.5 inches in size. It comes with a flexible arm and gravity-sensing splint for utmost adjustability. You can also safely position the charger and mount your phone either from your dashboard, windshield or air vent.
Schumacher Jump Starter
The portable and self-powered Schumacher Jump Starter is a useful tool when your car is in dire need of a jolt, especially in unfortunate circumstances when you’re stuck in an isolated area and there are no friendly vehicles that provide jumper cables. This emergency-essential device also tests the car’s battery and alternator, which helps you determine where your car’s problem is coming from.
Ztylus Stinger USB Emergency Tool
The stinger is a very handy device that can increase your survival chances in times of road accidents. Designed with a seatbelt cutter and spring-loaded glass breaker to shatter the dashboard of car windows, it helps you quickly exit your car when its windows or doors are jammed. Unlike its competitors, the Ztylus Stinger doubles as a dual USB port charger that can be conveniently plugged into your car charger for high-speed charging.
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