20 Really Cool Tech Add-Ons for Your Car
These accessories are about to make your car a whole lot smarter and cooler.
Cool Tech: Garmin Dash Cam 55
A dash cam is a great investment to provide you with a video record of a wreck, hit-and-run or theft. The Garmin Dash Cam 55 has a compact design and is placed discreetly onto the inner windshield, providing high-quality video. It even lets you sync footage to your phone! Here are 10 things you should never do to your car.
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Cool Tech: Wagan Cooler/Warmer
Another great addition to your road trip is the Wagan cooler/warmer that’s the closest thing you’ll get to a mobile refrigerator or oven. It plugs into the 12-volt DC outlet for power or to recharge the battery. You can toggle between hot and cold, but wait — you just want it for drinks? Its 24-liter capacity will hold a 24-pack of 12-ounce cans of soda, no problem! The Coolest Cooler is an all-in-one high-tech must-have. Check it out in this collection of 32 amazing accessories for glamping.
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Cool Tech: Viper SmartStart
Viper’s SmartStart is the top of the line when it comes to remote car starters. Use your smartphone to control your car while you’re in a restaurant, your home, a store, or on your way as you walk toward it. You can start your car remotely through the app, locate where you car is, tell how fast the car is going when someone else is driving, receive alerts if the vehicle has been moved without your knowledge, unlock the doors and more. Prices vary, with service plans starting at $69.99 per year. Get rid of those annoying squeaks in your car by spending 10 minutes to lubricate it. These simple lube job tips will bring back that new-car quiet ride.
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Cool Tech: Valentine One Radar Detector
Speeding isn’t something we condone. Period.
With that said, we know some people like to be warned when there are speed radar signals in the area. The Valentine One Radar Detector is the very best device for finding police speed radar signals. Have a fast car? You’ll want to keep it looking sleek with these car cleaning tips and tricks!
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Cool Tech: OBD-Link ScanTool
One day, your Check Engine light comes on and you find yourself dreading going to your mechanic just to find out what’s wrong. If you drive a car made from 1996 onward, your car has an Onboard Diagnostic II, so your car is eligible to use the ScanTool. This gadget provides you all sorts of knowledge about your car. Check out these 100 super-simple car repairs you can do yourself.
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Cool Tech: Hudway Cast Heads-Up Display
Distracted driving is right up there with impaired driving. Looking at your phone for navigation takes your eyes off the road and increases the likelihood of an accident. While many newer cars now come equipped with a heads-up display (HUD), your car may not have it. Add this technology to your car with the Hudway Cast. It streams the screen of your smartphone, allowing you to safely use your favorite GPS app. Having car trouble? Here are 10 car problems you can easily fix yourself.
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Cool Tech: Yada Wireless Baby Monitor
This is a great device for new parents. The baby camera attaches to your car’s headrest to provide you a video view of your little one without you having to turn around and risk both your safety and your little one’s. It’s also a great way to remind you that your child is in the backseat when you get out of your vehicle. Whether you’re expecting a new member of the family, or anticipating a visit from a little one, its important to baby proof your home.
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Cool Tech: Handpresso 127015 12V Auto Hybrid
If you have to get on the road early every morning and you don’t like making coffee at home or stopping at a coffee shop, purchase this mobile espresso gadget. The Handpresso is a coffeemaker specifically made for your car, working with your own preferred coffee grounds or espresso pods. It plugs directly into the cigarette lighter or 12-volt port in your car. You should also check out this portable espresso maker perfect for your next glamping adventure.
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Cool Tech: weBoost Drive Cell Phone Signal Booster
If you spend a lot of time driving and use that time to make calls, you might find this weBoost gadget useful. After sticking a DRIVE 4G-S in your vehicle, you’ll get a cell signal improvement weBoost claims is up to 32 times what you had without it. It works with all the major U.S. and Canadian cell phone service providers. Check out these three ways to boost your cell phone signal at home.
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Cool Tech: Trademark Global Car Swivel Tray
Eating in your car can be dangerous, messy and sad, especially if you’re alone. But if you insist on doing it, at least make it as safe as possible. This car swivel tray is also great for pit stops and passengers. It’s height-adjustable and features a non-slip surface. It even doubles as a useful storage tray. Check out these 15 things you need in your car year round.
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Cool Tech: Pyle Car Backup Camera
Many new cars have cameras and detectors to protect your car, as well as other cars, but if yours doesn’t have this feature, add the Pyle Car Backup Camera to your ride. It comes with a camera you place on the car’s back and a 7-inch screen you can mount to the dashboard, ensuring you get into your parking space perfectly. Not interested in purchasing a new car? Check out these tips for buying a used one.
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Cool Tech: nonda ZUS Smart Car Charger with Car Finder
It’s all too common to forget where you parked your car in a big lot. Avoid the stress and embarrassment of walking back and forth in a panic by investing in this smart car locator and USB charger. It comes with two USB ports that charge your phone while in the car, and it also serves as a Bluetooth tracking device that you can access from your phone to find your car. Check out these 10 other cool tech add-ons for your car.
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Cool Tech: Mpow Bluetooth Receiver
Mpow’s Bluetooth AUX adapter is a top-notch choice for streaming crystal-clear music from your device. It also features a built-in mic for hands-free calling. This is a great way to make an older model car feel up to date. Have a car you’re looking to sell? Here are some helpful tips.
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Cool Tech: HONSHOOP Bluetooth Headset
If you can’t make calls through your car, or you dislike callers’ complaints about the muffled, distant sound when you’re talking with them, try HONSHOOP’s Bluetooth headset. It allows you to make hands-free calls with noise cancellation. This Bluetooth headset with mic supports Siri/Google voice assistant and mute button. You may also be interested in these 19 futuristic home tech products.
Cool Tech: Fobo Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Before a long road trip, you may find yourself, on hands and knees, checking your tires. Get off the ground and get smart with these Bluetooth-enabled sensors that attach to your tires’ inlet valves. They notify your phone when the tires need to be filled up, taking the worry and effort out of the safety and efficiency of your tires.
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Cool Tech: Sony Car Play/Android Auto Media Receiver with Bluetooth
Want to update your car’s entertainment and navigation system? Consider investing in a stereo that supports Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and you’ll be able to use important apps like GPS and music from your smartphone. The Sony XAV-AX100, that features voice control with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allows you to control and view everything with the 6.4-inch touch screen. You can create virtual speakers on your dashboard with the Dynamic Stage Organizer, and this receiver features an ergonomic rotary dial for distraction-free operation. Love car tips? Here’s why you need to wrap your car key fob in foil.
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Cool Tech: Anti-Slip Ripple Sticky Dash Grip Mat
Keep your keys, phone, glasses and other small gadgets in sight without the car tossing them all around during sharp turns or quick stops with this anti-slip mat. Made of 3mm-thick soft latex, the pad secures your objects to the dashboard so they won’t slip or fall, while ensuring you know exactly where they are for easy access. Dashboard light out? Here’s how you can fix that yourself.
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Cool Tech: Display Your Force with WipeSabers
Reflective WipeSaber WiperTags attach to your vehicle’s rear wipers and they look super-cool! They’re easy to install—no special tools required. They come in four styles and colors including SkyForce Blue, DarkForce Red, Master Green and Galactic Purple and work in rain, snow, sun and sleet. It’s time to have a little fun! Here’s how to change wiper blades in three steps.
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Cool Tech: Automatic Pro Car Adapter
Whether you want to know why the “check engine” light just came on, when you need an oil change, or where your car is parked, you can get the answers with the Automatic Pro Car Adapter and smartphone app. Plug the adapter into your car’s diagnostic port to sync your driving data and vehicle diagnostics with your smartphone! Check out these 13 automotive handy hints.
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Cool Tech: Park Zone PZ-1600 Precision Parking Aid
If you constantly get out of your car only to find you’ve botched your parking job, consider this parking aid. It’s especially useful for parking in smaller garages because it helps make sure you pull up far enough without tapping your front bumper. The traffic signal display on the gadget alerts you when you’ve pulled up far enough. Check this out: Five cars in a three-car garage. You’ve gottta see it!
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