Unless you are a millionaire already, you probably can’t afford the luxury vehicle of your dreams. But you can get BMW or Benz like functionality for your humble car with accessories and gadgets like the following:
Sure, you probably can’t afford a vehicle with partial self-driving capabilities, yet. But you can separately purchase driving assistants that plug into the OBD-II port of your vehicle. This port is available on any vehicle manufacturer after 1996.
A driving assistant is kind of like a smarter GPS. It usually comes with an app you can view on your car’s screen or your mounted smartphone. Other than giving directions, driving assistant programs can decipher features of your car like engine lights on the dashboard. These can dial emergency services in case of an accident, much like a car monitor. This is as close to the future as you get for now.
High-quality reversing cameras in cars is a necessary feature. Most cameras come with their own monitor, which is handy. But what if you could get your camera vision in the rear-view mirror?
Modern dash cams can give you footage not just on screens, but on mirrors as well. Some products have touchscreen features. Luxury vehicles already come installed with such semi-smart cameras. But you can install a kit from scratch on your vehicle to feel as if you are driving a Benz.
Smart Car Monitor
In the past, you had to check your car’s health on your own. But a smart car monitor automatically does this and alerts you if your car is running into trouble. For example, if your battery is draining fast, the monitor will alert you right away.
Some car monitoring devices offer extra perks, like auto texting your emergency contacts if you have an accident. No prompting is required. Essentially, this device can give your budget vehicle model a luxury-grade monitoring feature.
Have you seen those sci-fi movies where the windscreen in a car is a major display? We are not there yet, but close enough. A heads-up display (HUD) projector can project your smartphone screen to the windscreen right in front of you.
You can buy the projector, which comes with a corresponding app. Most HUD gadgets work with both Android and iOS devices. You need to mount your smartphone, and then use the projector to get the display on your windscreen (or any other part of your vehicle). And then it’s like driving in the future.
Tyre Safety Monitors
Think Ferrari drivers check tyre pressure using their hands and pennies still? Nope. A tyre safety monitor can auto detect inflation or deflation issues in the wheels. You can get an analysis on your smartphone or the car’s dashboard.
Plus, some safety monitor gadgets and anti-theft systems to protect your wheels from thieves. Most bundle multiple features, like charging ports for other devices.
Not a gadget, but a rooftop hammock can basically turn your car into a tropical getaway on wheels. Rooftop hammocks can be fully assembled and attached to the roof of your vehicle. It’s not a hammock carrier, but an actual hammock on your vehicle.
You might not want to drive to work with this on your car. But on weekends, what could be better?
What’s not to like about the gadgets and accessories mentioned above? You can purchase most for affordable prices and incredibly improve the functionality of your vehicle.