If you’re the kind of person who likes to have the latest technology, you’re probably itching to upgrade your car.
It’s easy enough to upgrade your phone every year or two, but it’s quite another thing to upgrade your vehicle as often – especially with new cars depreciating as fast as they do.
So, until you can afford that brand-new car that’s outfitted with all the latest tech, there are addons.
Addon technology allows you to take advantage of the latest tech advances without having to spend thousands to upgrade your entire vehicle.
The following are some of the absolute best addon technologies to add to your car:
1. Remote start
If you didn’t opt for the remote start feature at the dealership, don’t worry. You can add it on now. Most remote starters can be controlled from a smartphone today, so it’s super convenient. Imagine starting your car from your phone… if that isn’t the pinnacle of technology, what is?
There are even some models that allow you to monitor the car while someone else is driving. You can see where they’re going and how fast they’re driving. You can also setup alerts to notify you when your car is being moved without your knowledge (for example, while you’re sleeping or at the movies).
This is a technology that you’ll likely need to have professionally installed to ensure best results – unless, of course, you’re savvy with automotive technology.
2. Heads Up Display (HUD)
You’ve probably seen this technology in newer vehicles. It’s where you’ll have pertinent information that displays on your windshield, so you don’t have to look away from the road. Well, with an app like Hudway, you can screencast your phone onto your windshield, so you can limit distracted driving – and feel like you’re up on the latest advancements all at the same time.
3. Wireless Baby Monitor
If you’re driving alone with an infant in the back seat, you may be tempted to look back every once in a while to make sure they’re okay. The problem with this is that you have to take your eyes off the road for an extended period – especially since all infants should be rear-facing. Mirrors can help, but they aren’t always positioned properly to see your child at a glance.
Enter the wireless baby monitor. This baby monitor works just like it does in your home, except it helps keep everyone safe in the car. It may seem excessive if you only spend a few minutes driving the kids to school in the mornings, but it can really give parents peace of mind on long road trips.
If you feel like you live in your car already, why not take the next step and bring your coffeemaker? The Handpresso plugs into your cigarette lighter or 12-volt port and can actually brew espresso while you drive. Now you don’t have to worry about those Starbucks stops making you late for work.
5. Backup camera
Most newer model cars today already have backup cameras built-in. So if your car doesn’t have one, it can really make the vehicle feel dated. Plus, you’re missing out on the safety benefits of being able to see what’s behind your rear bumper.
Fortunately, you can install an aftermarket backup camera with display to show you exactly what’s behind your vehicle as you’re backing up.
6. Bluetooth receiver
New cars like the 2019 Santa Fe have features like ApplePlay or AndroidAuto, but your car doesn’t even have Bluetooth capabilities – until now. With a plugin Bluetooth receiver, you can stream audio from your phone and take advantage of hands-free calling. This is an easy and inexpensive way to make an older-model vehicle feel more up-to-date.
7. Wireless tire pressure monitor
Attach this little device to your tires’ inlet valves and you’ll always know your tire pressure. This is especially helpful when you’re about to go on a road trip, but it’s really useful at all times. Whenever the tire pressure dips, your car becomes less efficient and the tires start to become less stable. Your car will display a dashboard alert when the tires get to a certain level, but this wireless monitor will help keep pressure from getting to that low point.
As you go through this list, you’re probably realizing that you can get the latest technologies for your current car. And maybe you can wait a few years before you upgrade to a newer model vehicle. These addons can really make any older vehicle feel like it’s fresh off the lot.