Car Gadgets: Adding the right technology to an older vehicle can make it feel brand new. Upgrade your old vehicle with these high-tech car accessories for a dramatically different ride.
JVC KW-M865BW Digital Multimedia Receiver
It’s the twenty-first century. You probably have no idea how to put a CD in the stereo. As a result, the JVC KW-M865BW is an excellent replacement head unit. It offers wireless access to Android Auto or CarPlay via a direct Wi-Fi connection to your smartphone. Of course, the 6.8-inch resistive touch screen also provides you full access to a variety of additional features, such as an AM/FM radio, an antenna for built-in GPS, Bluetooth for calls, and “Streaming DJ,” which allows you to connect up to five music sources through Bluetooth. This $599.95 car stereo is at the top of Cruchfield’s Best Car Stereos for 2021 list for a reason.
Amazon Echo Auto
With the Amazon Echo Auto, you can take Alexa with you everywhere you go. It’s a plain-looking gadget that connects to your phone’s Alexa app and provides all of the same voice-activated services as your home-bound Echo, including news, sports scores, shopping lists, and music streaming.
Garmin Dash Cam 66W
The 66w is Garmin’s top-of-the-line tiny dash cam, with a 180-degree field of vision for the road ahead and 1440p video recording on the go (to a microSD card, which you have to buy separately). Up to four cameras may be placed around the car to record, and playback is controlled via a smartphone app.
The Raven+ is a fully linked automobile system that shows you where you’re going, how you got there, and where you’ve been. It employs two cameras, LTE cellular technology, and your car’s OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostics) connector to enable you use your phone or a desktop PC to watch activities on the road ahead as well as inside your vehicle. The needed 4G LTE data plan is $14.95 per month on addition of the $299 MSRP.
Lanmodo Vast Pro
The Pro version of this dash camera/screen combo is a little upgrade over the original, which costs $200 less. The Lanmodo Vast Pro is just $299.99, but it still features 1080p high-resolution, wide-angle infrared night vision on an 8-inch screen to help you navigate in the dark, rain, or fog.
T-Mobile Inseego 5G MiFi M2000
Every traveller needs our best mobile 5G hotspot for full and inexpensive Wi-Fi on the road. It costs $50 a month, but you receive 100GB of data over T-network, Mobile’s whether it’s 4G or 5G. That’s more than any T-Mobile plan for mobile hotspot data, which is limited to 40GB per month. The unit includes a 2.4-inch touch screen for controls and supports up to 30 devices with Wi-Fi 6.
Kenu Airframe Qi Wireless Charging Car Vent Mount
A vent-mounted phone holder’s primary use is to hold a phone. With built-in 10W Qi wireless charging, the Kenu Airframe goes above and beyond. When the temperature rises, it is clever enough to switch off (always a potential problem in a hot car). A 4-foot wire connects to the 12V DC car charger, which has an additional USB connector for guests to use. Check out our collection of The Best Car Phone Mounts for additional information.
weBoost Drive X
Use a booster in your automobile if you need a stronger cell signal. According to the business, a $399.99 weBoost Drive X (with an external antenna outdoors) may enhance signal by up to 33 percent for multiple users within a vehicle on all major North American carriers. Other weBoost variants for vehicles and RVs are available.
WeBoost Drive Sleek
The WeBoost Drive Sleek is a phone holder with a cellular signal booster for one phone, allowing it to connect to the next tower an extra mile. To get the full signal, you’ll need to mount a magnetic fin antenna on top of the automobile.