best car accessories

best car accessories

Best Car Accessories

Smart car adapter Automatic promises to connect your car to your digital life.Automatic Automatic is a small car adapter that you plug into the on-board diagnostics port of your car to get all kinds of data about your vehicle. The device — which pairs with your phone via Bluetooth — diagnoses engine problems, remembers where you parked, displays your trip history, and can even call for help in the case of an accident. Earlier this year the company also rolled out the Automatic app gallery, which features apps for business, convenience and savings, and safety. For example, the Concur app lets drivers track mileage for work trips, making expenses extremely easy. You can also connect the device to your Amazon Echo so that you can do things like ask Alexa how much fuel you have or how much you drove last week.  The device, which works with most cars that were built since 1996, is available on Amazon for $72.23.
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Best Car Accessories

With the holidays almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to take stock of all the fancy gadgets, useful tools, and miscellaneous accessories you’ve got, and fill in the proverbial blanks. There’s a ton of killer tech to give and be given — but don’t neglect the one place where you spend an average of 17,600 minutes per year: your car. Whether you’re a perennial road-tripper wanting to maximize your time off, a proud parent schlepping your kids to practice, or a weekend warrior hitting America’s finest back roads and dirt trails, here are 17 accessories to check out.
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Best Car Accessories

Mobileye has the capacity to turn your normal, older car into a pretty damn smart car. It features warnings ahead of collisions with cars and pedestrians, or when you’re leaving your lane or speeding. It basically combines most of the advanced safety features you’d pay a couple grand for in a brand-new car, all wrapped up in one package.
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Best Car Accessories

OK, OK, spying on your teenagers might be a little harsh. Being a little mistrusting when they take your pride and joy out the garage for a spin? That’s totally sensible. This car-tracking system functions kinda like those insurance-discount monitors, in that it will tell you exactly how hard your kid was driving your car, but it’ll also let you know if/when the car leaves a designated radius, like around school.
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Best Car Accessories

Automatic AUT-350C Pro Gold 3G Connected Car Adapter Price: $109.95 When Automatic first came out a couple of years ago, it was little more than an advanced way of monitoring your fuel economy. It’s evolved significantly since then, though, and while it still offers some the best means of tracking and improving your MPG, it also keeps constant track of your car’s location, has crash detection and emergency response, offers compatibility with a host of apps, and can even connect with Nest and Alexa.
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Best Car Accessories

Automatic GPS/MPG tracker Automatic AUT-350C Pro Gold 3G Connected Car Adapter Price: $109.95 When Automatic first came out a couple of years ago, it was little more than an advanced way of monitoring your fuel economy. It’s evolved significantly since then, though, and while it still offers some the best means of tracking and improving your MPG, it also keeps constant track of your car’s location, has crash detection and emergency response, offers compatibility with a host of apps, and can even connect with Nest and Alexa.
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Best Car Accessories

AutomaticGetting stranded with a dead car battery or being caught off guard by a flat tire is not only stressful, it’s potentially dangerous.  Fortunately, there are a number of gadgets on the market today that can help you be better prepared for whatever the road throws at you. Here are 15 car gadgets that will not only improve your overall driving experience, but will also help you be ready for the unexpected.  View As: One Page Slides
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Best Car Accessories

Dashcam Amazon Dashcams can be used to not only shoot a memorable drive, but can also come in handy if you get into an accident.  The forward facing camera won’t protect you physically, but the footage it captures can be used to prove who is responsible for an car crash.  The Z-Edge dashcam can shoot 30 frames per second and will switch on automatically when you turn on your car and shut off once you switch the ignition off.  You can buy the Z-Edge dashcam for $105.99 on Amazon. 
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Mobileye 560 Mobileye Mobileye’s consumer product gives drivers real-time updates that can help prevent accidents. The system consists of a smart camera that is installed on the front of the windshield, an audio alert buzzer, and a display so the driver can view the warnings. Basically, Mobileye’s smart camera has a computer in it that’s capable of doing things like measuring the distance between vehicles, reading the speed limit, and detecting when pedestrians are nearby. This technology lets the car warn the driver when it senses a dangerous situation. So, for example, if you are going 30 miles per hour on a road with a speed limit where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour, the system will send an audio alert as well as an alert on the display. The high-tech sensing system will set you back about $850, but hey, it’s cheaper than buying a brand new car decked out with the same Mobileye tech. You can purchase Mobileye 560 here.
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A back-up camera Pearl/Tech Insider The Pearl RearVision system transforms your smartphone into a backup camera so that you can see around your car when you are reversing.  The system basically consists of three components: the license-plate frame with its two high-definition cameras, an adapter that plugs into your OBD port, and a magnetic mount for your smartphone that sticks to your dashboard.  Once the adapter is plugged into the car, it enables the camera’s to stream footage to the driver’s smartphone. It also analyzes the video stream for obstacles and will alert the driver if it senses a possible collision.  Pearl, which was founded by ex-Apple engineers, is currently accepting orders and is expected to begin delivery in September.  You can purchase the RearVision system for $499 on Pearl’s website. 
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Power inverters let you plug a two- or three-pronged electrical cord into your car’s lighter socket. They come in all shapes and sizes, but this one, from Energizer, fits your car’s cupholder perfectly, and has an additional four USB plugs for your other electronic devices.
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If your car doesn’t have a built-in screen, you’ve probably been using a screen that sticks to your seat with Velcro, which just looks tacky. There are a few companies that can make a screen fit a headrest for your specific car, or you can go with these universal units that clean up the look of your interior and come with USB input for simplified streaming.
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A dead smartphone is the last thing you want while traveling. If you don’t have a USB port in your car, or if you need more than one port, this Maxboost USB charger is a good option. 
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Basically, Mobileye’s smart camera has a computer in it that’s capable of doing things like measuring the distance between vehicles, reading the speed limit, and detecting when pedestrians are nearby. This technology lets the car warn the driver when it senses a dangerous situation.
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The only thing that sucks worse than getting socks for a gift — we can buy our own now, mom! — is getting an obscure “high-tech” gadget that’s rivaled in its cheapness only by its craptastic quality. Gadgets don’t have to be ultra high-tech; what matters is that they’re well engineered, solve a problem that you frequently face, and are built to last. Like these 15 car gadgets you can, and definitely should, buy for anyone you know who drives.
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Assuming your car doesn’t have a front-facing park-assist system, an electronic aid is a great way to make sure you stop in the exact same spot every single time. This one’s made by a company that does nothing but measurement tools, and it’s based on the same tech that most real-estate agents use to measure the size of your rooms.
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Automatic’s original purpose (for which it kinda sucks) was to help you maximize fuel efficiency. But Automatic 2.0 enables a whole suite of apps to work with your car, mapping and timing your daily commute to find the most efficient route, helping you decode engine troubles, and giving you access to a bunch of other data so you can optimize your drive.
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If you’re a devout workaholic, the simple fact is that sooner or later you’re going to have to pull over and get some real work done. Turn your car into a mobile HQ with these portable desks that come with a variety of customizable options, like a power inverter, printer holder, iPad mount, etc.
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Sure, if you wanna just talk to your friends back and forth on a road trip, you could use a cell phone or a walkie-talkie, but CB radios are much more fun, and they’re basically a party line. This one’s portable, so you don’t have to keep it (or its antenna) with your car all the time. Get it, hit the highway, and turn to channel 19 to start practicing your trucker-speak.

Published on Jul 22, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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