You don’t have to buy a new car to enjoy the latest in automotive technology – these gadgets are sure to help you fall in love with your ride all over again.
Between school drop-offs, the commute to work and the occasional errand, you spend quite a bit of your life behind the wheel, but it doesn’t have to be all tedious. Whether you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids or stay safe on the road, these gadgets and gizmos are sure to help accessorise your ride just a little bit.
Words by Tamara Clarke
Where are my keys?!
If you’re constantly losing your car keys, this little widget is for you. The Tile Mate Key Tracker is a small, Bluetooth enabled, square key fob to help you keep track of your keys. Tile Mate works within a range of 45 metres and contains a replaceable battery that lasts for one year so there’s no charging required. AED 89. virginmegastore.ae
Can you hear me now?
It’s time to cut the cord and replace your AUX cable with this sleek Bluetooth speaker from Jabra. Made specifically for vehicles, Jabra Freeway features virtual surround sound, noise cancellation and an FM transmitter. With a three-speaker virtual surround sound system, you can take and make calls with clarity. Thanks to dual-mic technology, sounds other than your voice are filtered out. That means no background static, honking horns or swishing wiper blades are transmitted. AED 325. amazon.ae
Try this for starters
You can be prepared for an emergency and free up some space in the boot with this handy Lithium-Polymer Car Jumpstarter. This pocket-sized device by Energizer packs a lot of power as it can jump a 2L diesel engine or a 3L petrol engine several times on a single charge. Weighing just 300 grams, it’s extremely portable, so anybody can handle it. AED 549. aceuae.com
Power to the people
Who’s got the power? Everyone does with the Belkin Road Rockstar 4-Port Passenger Charger. This power-sharing device features four USB ports, which allows for charging up to four devices simultaneously. Even better, it comes with a six-foot cable, which extends the USB hub to the back seat, allowing passengers in the rear of the vehicle to charge up as easily as those in the front. AED 120. noon.com
In the frame
Let’s face it, accidents happen, but a dashcam helps determine exactly what happened. The DrivePro 230 dashcam by Transcend features a Sony image sensor to capture clear, high-resolution videos even in low light. In the event of a collision, DrivePro has a motion G-sensor which detects impact and triggers emergency recording mode. Among many other features, it has a handy snapshot button for additional photos of the scene. AED 499. jumbo.ae