Americans spend an average of 17,600 minutes driving per year – that’s a lot of hours! And many of them are probably spent stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. While it’s easy to complain about the hassles of commuting, there are ways to make the driving experience more enjoyable. Of course, jamming out to some tunes (at a reasonable volume) is always a great option, but introducing some cool car tech can be just as fun. A few strategically placed gadgets can make your vehicle’s space feel more personalized and enjoyable every time you step in.
From safety to entertainment, this list is full of fun and useful car technology.
We’ve all secretly (or not so secretly) wanted to be Batman at some point in our lives. And some of us still do. While we can’t promise that this little gadget will turn you into a vigilante of the night, we can promise that it will up your cool factor by a few points. The Batman brake light decal is made of quality vinyl, comes with instructions, and should fit most car makes and models. So the next time you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic just think: the person behind you is looking at the bat signal! That’s pretty awesome.
Another fandom people just can’t get enough of Star Wars. Think Geek’s R2D2 USB Car Charger is the perfect gadget for the ultimate fan. The car technology features 2 USB charging ports, each with 2.1 Amps (enough juice to charge two tablets simultaneously). So, after a long day of work, when you’re stuck on the highway in standstill traffic, don’t worry. Just look down at your cup holder and complain to RD2D. Please note: If R2D2 “beep-boops” back, call someone. The traffic has you delirious.
This car technology is as cool as it is practical. Ensuring an unobstructed view of the road, Hudway Glass allows drivers to see directions, speed and other information on an eye-level, heads-up display, on a transparent (and non-glare) multi-layered glass coating. That’s a huge step up from other navigation displays that can be clunky and distracting. The cool futuristic feel is a huge bonus too.
All business, this next gadget is solely for your safety. While jumper cables are great if you have another vehicle around to give you a little boost, not everyone lives in an area where there’s a constant stream of traffic and activity. For those who spend a lot of time in isolated areas, a self-powered jump starter is definitely a must-have. The Brightech Jump Starter can get you going again. It can also power up your phone or tablet, thanks to the included USB charging ports. If any emergencies arise while you’re on the road, having this piece of car technology on hand will ensure you’re prepared.
Depending on how you feel about coffee, this gadget could be seen as a luxury or a necessity. At almost $200, you might really want to think about how bad you want that morning cup of joe. But if you’re constantly running late or you’re tired of stopping at Starbucks, even if just want to cut down on how long it takes you to get ready in the morning, the Handpresso could be worth it. Specifically designed for your car, this gadget plugs directly into you 12-volt port. It puts the phrase, “coffee to go,” on a whole new level. So, if you ever find yourself stuck in traffic, just brew a fresh cup and take a sip.
Even as the most low-tech gadget on this list, the Drop Stop is probably the most useful. If your car ever swallowed your phone, or your change, or your chapstick, then this gadget will be your new life-saver. Designed to fit snuggly between the driver seat and the center console, the Drop Stop will make sure you never lose anything in that annoying little crevice ever again! It’ll be the last time your phone mysteriously disappears for a week.
Our list of car technology and gadgets has some pretty great and unique suggestions, but there’s way more cool and useful car tech out there.
Is there a gadget or other car technology item that you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments below!