26 Jan 7 Best Tech Gifts For Cars in Singapore
Forward-facing dash cams that continuously record the daily commute have been popular in countries around the world for years. They’re especially popular in Russia, as evidenced the by the sheer number of sometimes shocking dash-cam videos on the Internet — including the Chelyabinsk meteor.
Now, however, they’re gaining popularity here in the States. And, so far, the best one we’ve discovered is the Cobra CDR 855 BT. With 1080 full HD video recording, 160-degree field of view, embedded G-Sensor that automatically saves clips if an impact is detected and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, it’s virtually the end of hit-and-runs. Price: $169.95
Do you want to remotely lock, start, or pop the trunk of your current car — all from your smartphone or smartwatch — without buying a brand-new vehicle? Viper has you covered with the SmartStart. Rather than a plug-in unit like the Automatic (also on this list), the SmartStart needs to be wired in by an installer.
Once it is, though, you have a full range of features that a non-wired unit could never offer. More than just an alarm (it has that, too), the SmartStart can help track a car, set boundary and speed alerts as well as Bluetooth proximity door unlocking. Granted, it’s a bit slower and not as seamless as a factory-installed unit, but it’s a sight cheaper than buying a new $30,000 Ford Escape to get similar features. Price: $299.00
Envious of your friend’s 2016 Honda running Apple CarPlay? You won’t be for long. This 7-inch touchscreen brings all the ease of use of your iPhone and puts it directly into your car’s dashboard.
With CarPlay, you’ll be able to keep distracted driving to a minimum, as you can interact with this aftermarket infotainment unit hands-free thanks to Siri. Easily access your messages, make calls or activate Apple Maps. And since it’s an Alpine, you can also use the brand’s app to tune your sound system to your liking. Price: $800.00
Wi-Fi is an essential these days. So why should your car be the one Wi-Fi-free zone in your life? With Vinli, it won’t be for long. Starting at $199.99, you can transform your car into a 4G LTE rolling hotspot.
While connectivity is the Vinli’s outstanding feature, it also offers roadside assistance, collision detection with automatic messages sent to your loved ones, and simplified access to nearby mechanics. Price: $199.99
The Automatic essentially the Fitbit of cars. Plug it into the OBDII port on most any car 1996 model year and newer and, through the smartphone app, it can give you information like real-time fuel economy and “check engine” diagnostics.
It has a few other features as well. Automatic can help you locate your car if you forgot where you’re parked. It can also put Android phones into a “Do Not Disturb” mode, which will deter you from engaging in distracted driving. Price: $79.99
We like this one because it’s the most GoPro you can GoPro. Sure, you could get the simpler, less expensive models. But why would you?
If you want to record your driving adventures, aside from the paranoia-indulging dash cam, this is your best option. With smartphone app connectivity, slow motion at 240 frames per second, extreme durability and some of the best resolution you can find for the price, there are few reasons not to like the Hero Black. Price: $499.99
Short description: Aftermarket semi-autonomy for your older car. Awesome.
Long description: As far as we know, this is the most robust aftermarket semi-autonomous driving system. Adding a computer in your trunk, controls in the centre console, a roof-top sensor pack and motors in your steering system, the Cruise RP-1 is no small install job.
Once installed, however, you have a car that can steer, accelerate and brake itself. Certainly, $10,000 is no small sticker price. It’s a pittance, however, compared to your neighbour‘s Autopilot-optioned $100,000 Tesla Model S. Price: $10,000
Source: Original article from MashableAsia and adapted for Singapore’s context.