By Madeline Klein on December 1, 2016.
It's the season of giving! If you're racking your brain for gift ideas, we've got a few car gadgets to consider for every price range. Check 'em out!
TechMatte® MagGrip Air Vent Magnetic Universal Car Mount: $8+
Our smart phones have become quite the sidekick on our drive. Rather than fumble with your phone to get play-by-play directions or skip songs in your playlist, you can reduce distraction and free your hands by using a car mount. The TechMatte® MagGrip mount works with most smart phones and uses a magnet instead of a cradle to prevent any grips from blocking your view.
Zus Smart Car Locator and USB Charger: $35
Maybe the holiday rush has you parking outside of your usual spot and is putting you at risk of the awkward "I just like walking around parking lots with my hands full of bags" act. Well, if you had the Zus Smart Car Locator, you could just use your phone to zero in on your spot and proceed with your normal strut. Not only that, but once you get to your car, you can use the USB charger to replenish any battery juice you may have used in the search.
Automatic Lite and Automatic Pro: $80-$130
Consider the Automatic your 5-in-1 tool for car app technology. Plug an adapter in under your dashboard and voila! Now you can log your trips and gas mileage, integrate data into your expenses and even get diagnostics for any dashboard lights that come on. Upgrade to the Pro and add features like crash detection and finding your car.
4Moms Self-Installing Car Seat: $500
Any paranoid parents out there convinced they're doing something wrong when it comes to putting their baby's car seat in? Well guess what! 4Moms made a self-installing seat that calibrates itself to be leveled with the proper amount of tension. All you need to do is install the app, set the seat in your car and let its 20 sensors do their thing. Every time you go for a ride, the seat will verify the installation and continue to monitor it en route.
iLX-007 In-Dash System with Apple CarPlay: $800
For those who want a safer, more convenient way to use their iPhone on the road, the iLX-007 In-Dash System with Apple CarPlay is worth your consideration. The 7-inch screen makes it easier for you to tap into apps like Maps or Spotify, while Siri can read messages or dial your phone calls for you. You can program your sound settings for any type of music and even add an Alpine Drive Assist camera to help with blind spots and parking.
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