PIMP YOUR RIDE Best car gadgets you can buy in 2019
From the electronic parking brake, to the autonomous emergency braking, triggered when the radar may (or may not) detect an obstacle ahead, tech is everywhere these days.
If you’re in a more manual groove, yet love the idea of some of this new-fangled future in your motor, this guide will save you from making some expensive mistakes.
Some stuff is really totally unnecessarily—like this scrolling LED rear window display—but some gadgets can be really helpful and even improve safety while you’re on the road.
We’re really excited for the arrival of Chris, the first AI digital assistant, the awesome Kickstarter project that make handsfree driving totally unavoidable, but until that arrives, check out these gadgets.
Using a mix of expert knowledge and user reviews, we’ve picked the very best car gadgets you can get in 2019.
1. Griffin Powerjolt 2.1A Dual USB Port Car Charger
These days manufacturers are pretty switched on about putting plenty of USB ports in the car to make sure you always have juice.
That said, some of these in older cars are seriously underpowered, meaning your navigation is drinking more than the car can put back in.
This dual plug is over two amps, meaning you can get the fastest charge possible via the 12V port.
2. Tile Mate
If you’ve ever spent over 40 minutes in an airport or shopping centre car park hunting for your motor, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to get to the end of a long day and still not be on your way home for a nice relaxing cuppa.
Tile Mate is one of the most successful Kickstarter projects.
The little square affixes to somewhere in your car and then through the companion app on your smartphone, you can see where you’ve parked within 100 metres via Bluetooth signal.
3. TUNAI Firefly Bluetooth Converter
Discrete and unimposing, the Firefly plugs into your USB and then your AUX port, enabling you to connect your smart device via Bluetooth and play all your favourite tracks and podcasts through the car speakers.
Coming in a choice of sassy colours, the Firefly Bluetooth streaming device can really tidy up your dash, if you’ve been using umpteen cables to get the same effect.
It turns off when the engine cuts out so there’s no chance of the car battery draining and though you can’t use the car’s interface to shuffle or skip songs, consider using your mobile’s digital assistant to stay handsfree.
4. Zeepin Solar-powered Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
If you want to know more about tyres, head to our buying guide, or check out a cheaper way to monitor pressure, with our guide to manual gauges.
But if you’ve got the cash and no desire to crouch over your wheel every week, a digital TPMS will transform your world.
A little sensor screws to each of the tyre’s valves, then the solar-powered monitor sits on the dash, alerting you if your tyres fall below their ideal pressure.
Best £30 ever dropped, so long as you don’t lose the little allen key which fixes the sensors tightly.
5. Pure Highway 600
Pure’s Highway series for in-car DAB conversion is a best-selling, award-winning one.
The 400 is usually the best balance between performance and price, but Amazon has been selling the 600 for less than the 400 recently, giving you phenomenal value-for-money.