10 High-Tech Gadgets to Help Modernize Your Car

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While there’s a certain level of charm to older vehicles, there’s no denying the comforts of modern technology. Whether you’re stuck having to fuss with your outdated tape deck or are sick of trying to charge your phone with that broken cigarette lighter, there’s a ton of technological awesomeness that comes standard with new cars these days. Luckily for you, we’ve found a slew products that can help give that old car of yours a much-needed upgrade.

From Bluetooth transmitters to mobile GPS trackers, HD dash cams and even comfy cushions that can instantly heat (or cool) your car seats, we’ve rounded up 10 of the snazziest gadgets to help bring your hooptie into the 21st century.


1.Wireless Bluetooth FM Transmitter

Don’t have Bluetooth in your car? No problem. This handy transmitter gives your car an instant Bluetooth boost by connecting to your car’s stereo. Enjoy hands-free calls and listen to your favorite tunes on Amazon Music without ever lifting a finger. As an added bonus, it comes with two built-in USB chargers, so you can (finally) charge your phone while you drive!

Wireless Bluetooth Transmitter Amazon


2. Crosstour 1080P Car DVR Dashboard Camera

This handy dash cam offers full 1080p video and impressive 12MP resolution on a three-inch screen. With tons of recording options, built-in motion sensors, wide-angle lens and more, it’s a great investment to help protect your car whether you’re driving this weekend or not.

Dash Cam, Crosstour Image courtesy of Amazon


3.Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger

There are plenty of generic phone chargers on the market, but most of them don’t come close to being as fast as this Anker model. With 24 watts of power, it lets you instantly turn your car into a movable charging dock. Compatible with both Android and iOS devices, this handy charger automatically detects the most efficient way to charge and is built to keep your devices from overheating.

Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger Amazon


4. LeeKooLuu HD Backup Camera

If you live in a city where street parking is common, then this backup camera is essential. Featuring a fuss-free installation, this HD backup camera records in 720p and comes with a sleek 4.3-inch display for wide-angle viewing. Able to rotate an impressive 360 degrees, you simply connect it to your car for some added sight. It’s also waterproof and comes with built-in night vision.

LeeKooLuu Backup Camera Amazon


5. USB Type C Car Charger

100% compatible with smartphones, tablets, and other electronic devices, this USB Type C cable offers a faster, easier and more convenient way to charge your devices in your car. Gone are the days of having to wade through various cables to charge each specific device; this charger is completely universal and is the real deal. These days it’s almost required that you have at least one USB charger in your car.

USB Type C Car charger Image courtesy of Amazon


6. Radenso XP Radar Detector With GPS Lockout

Stay one step ahead with this awesome (and economical) radar detector. With a built-in GPS, this handy radar is able to send alerts from several miles away. An advanced detection system and traffic monitoring software help cut back on false alarms as well.

Radenso XP Radar Detector with GPS Lockout Image courtesy of Amazon


7. PRIMETRACKING Personal GPS Tracker

Keep tabs on your car with this brilliant connected car adapter. Able to deliver real-time location traffic at any time, it updates every 10 seconds and acts as a literal GPS system for your vehicle. It’s a great device to keep stored in your car in case of emergencies — especially if and when someone else is driving. Plus, advanced digital connectivity lets you sync this device to your Echo, Nest and other smart devices.

PRIMETRACKING Personal GPS Tracker Amazon


8. Heating and Cooling Seat Cushion

Jealous of all your friends who have cars with built-in seat warmers? Now you don’t have to be. This handy heating and cooling cushion fits comfortably over your seat and provides instant comfort during those freezing winter evenings and scorching summer afternoons. With three different cooling levels and two different heating options, it instantly adds a little more comfort to your ride. The 3D mesh fabric is also super soft, looks amazing and helps provide optimum ventilation.

Heating Car Seats Amazon


9. HOTOR Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner

We know what you’re thinking: “A Vacuum cleaner? Really?” Yes, really! A modern car is a clean car, and there’s no better way to keep your car spotless than by using this uber-powerful car vacuum. Sure, you can stop by the car wash every other day to help keep your floors and seats spotless, but we think it’s easier (and cheaper) to do it yourself. The slim and unique design helps this vacuum cleaner go where no traditional vacuum has gone before, making it possible to scoop up all those old candy wrappers and French fries in between your seats.

Hotor Car Vacuum Amazon


10. Govee Unifilar Car LED Strip Lights

And when you want to add a little futuristic flair, these LED strip lights are sure to turn a few heads. These highly flexible (and durable) lighting strips come in a variety of different colors and can be used to help illuminate your dash, back seats, floor mats and more. They’re 100% waterproof, feature smart short-circuit protection and can even be synced to your smartphone so you can control your car’s interior lights with the touch of a button.

Car LED Lights Amazon


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