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Automotive tech is advancing at lightning-fast speed these days, making our rides safer and more enjoyable than ever before. What's amazing is that you don’t even need to buy a new car if you want to experience the latest and greatest innovations. You can outfit your current set of wheels with many of the features that are incorporated into the newest cars on the road. Here are some of the very best car gadgets that help make your old set of wheels super smart.
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Secured discreetly onto your inner windshield, a dash cam provides a video record in the case of a wreck, a hit-and-run, or theft, and it's one of the best car gadgets you can buy. This compact cam from Garmin takes super high-quality video and lets you sync footage to your phone, making it easy to share videos with friends, insurance agencies, or legal authorities.
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Mounted to your car's license plate area or back window, this best-selling backup camera is one of the smallest of its kind, but don't let that fool you. Users report that it can withstand months of rain, and it gives you a 170-degree field of visibility behind your vehicle, streamed to your car's infotainment system in high-definition color.
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Glancing at your phone to see the next turn on your navigation app, even for a few seconds, takes your eyes and focus off the road. That's why many newer cars are equipped with a heads-up display (HUD), projecting directions safely in your field of vision. For those who want to enjoy this safety feature without a big spend, the Hudway Cast can be mounted in any car. It streams the screen of your smartphone — paired wirelessly through Miracast or Airplay — so you can use your go-to GPS app without averting your gaze.
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Over 9,000 users rate Mpow's Bluetooth AUX adapter five stars for streaming music from their devices in crystal-clear sound for up to 10 hours. (Also cool: It has a built-in mic for hands-free calling when connected). You can even connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time.
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Want to quickly know why the "check engine" light just turned on, when you need an oil change, and where your car's parked in a crowded lot — all in one app? You totally can. Just plug the Automatic Pro into your car's diagnostic port (OBD-II) to sync your driving data and vehicle diagnostics with your smartphone. It's like having a smart driving assistant that can even call for emergency help 24/7 in case you or a loved one ever need it.
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Not only does this top-rated Anker plug-in juice up your phone four times faster than your standard charger, but it has something most new cars don't even have: the USB Type-C port. (Google Pixel users will immediately appreciate the addition.) The three other USB ports ensure that no battery in your car gets left behind.
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No more crawling on the ground to check your tires. These Bluetooth-enabled sensors attach to your tires' inlet valves, pinging your phone when you need to fill up. You can monitor your tire pressure info in real time 24/7 through the app.
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If two USB ports are all you need to charge your devices at super speed, we recommend this charger from Garmin. Its genius feature is a 12-volt port on the end, so you can still hook in your GPS.
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Pine tree car fresheners are so last decade. Perfect for drivers with allergies — or dogs that love jumping in lakes and hitching rides home — this portable purifier connects to your 12-volt accessory plug and silently neutralizes airborne contaminants like dust, pollen, pet dander, and bacteria, and even gross smells from mold to smoke to sweat lingering inside your car.
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Not quite a car tech essential — unless you ask a coffee addict. Plugged into your accessory outlet, this portable espresso maker lets you prepare a barista-like cup of joe (from E.S.E. pods or ground coffee) on the road in just two minutes.