As we drive full-speed ahead into fall, our Caliber Collision team is taking a trip down the technology trail in order to find the season’s trendiest auto accessories. With these new gadgets, your automobile is sure to be as cool as the autumn weather. And, while it’s not quite holiday season yet, there is no reason you can’t get a head start on shopping for the trendy trailblazers in your life. So, without further ado, we’ve queued up our five favorite finds you’ll be sure to fall for.
Have you ever found yourself trying to position your phone just right so you can see your navigation or music without obstructing your view? If you’re anything like us, this can be a vent-clip-falling-through-your-seat disaster. Fortunately, Hudway has crafted a solution to keep your eyes on the road and sanity in check. The HUDWAY Cast is a portable screen that projects your phone’s display screen to a clear panel that sits on the front of your dash. The gadget promotes distraction-free driving by enabling you to view navigation, music and incoming calls—all while keeping your gaze on the road ahead. This product is currently on sale for $189 and available through their website.
FRiEQ Car Air Purifier
Looking to ditch the car fresheners, diffusers and scent ports for good? Look no further than the FRiEQ car air purifier. This compact tool plugs into the car’s 12v outlet and releases 4.8 million negative ions per cm3. What are negative ions? Well, in addition to their odor fighting properties, negative ions have been shown to boost serotonin levels which improves mood and alertness. Together, with its compact size, odor eliminating power and mood boosting properties, this tool can revert even the dingiest car interior to its new car smell. The FRiEQ car air purifier can be purchased on Amazon for less than $20 and has more than 1,000 favorable reviews.
Amazon Echo Auto
Speaking of Amazon, the Alexa we’ve all come to know and love can now ride shotgun. The Amazon Echo Auto connects to the Alexa app on your phone and plays through your car speakers via AUX or Bluetooth. The device can be clipped onto your vent and has 8 microphones that allow it to hear you over music, A/C and even the occasional honking horn. With Echo Auto, you can perform all the same functions you could in your home from your driver’s seat—stream music, find the nearest gas station, make calls, set reminders and even order groceries. For $50 on Amazon, you can bring your smart home to your car and be connected no matter where your travels take you.
Nonda ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor
Did you know low tire pressure can reduce gas mileage and leave you paying more at the pump? The Nonda ZUS Smart Tire Safety Monitor makes checking your tires as simple as pressing a button. By plugging the receiver into a USB port and pairing with the mobile app, your mobile device can tell you your tire pressure in the moment with its included tire sensors. In addition to pressure, the app provides real-time alerts and detects slow leaks, saving you up to 11 cents per gallon at the station. For only $120 and 10 minutes, you can purchase and install the system and rest easy knowing your tires are working their best.
YI Smart Dash Camera
From backyard cameras to door sensors and everything in between, YI has provided mobile-connected solutions for half a decade now. And now, when it comes to monitoring your activity on the road, YI has you covered with its Smart Dash Camera. With a 165° ultra wide angle lens and night vision, this camera can serve as another set of eyes during anytime of day. Unlike other dash cams, the Smart Dash Cam has ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) to analyze data from the cars in front of you and monitor speed and accidental lane shifts. Whether you use the camera to monitor activity, assist with driving or just to have in case, the YI camera can be purchased for less than $50 online.
New technology is continually being developed, created, tested and released, and the automotive industry is no exception. With changes happening every minute, the line between automotive safety and luxury advancements is getting thinner, and our Caliber Collision team is always staying ahead of the curve to get you back on the road safely (and in style) by Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®.