8 Great Car Gadgets to Augment Your Ride

8 Great Car Gadgets to Augment Your RideNot every car comes equipped with a high-end navigation system and safety features, such as those offered by the Renault R-Link, Range Rover Evoque, Ford SYNC, BMW iDrive and other infotainment services.

The following top car gadgets will augment your ride to help you find a destination, talk over a speakerphone, and diagnose problems with your vehicle.

 

SuperTooth1. SuperTooth HD – $129
This high-end hands-free speakerphone clips to the visor in your car and connects over Bluetooth. There are two speakers and two microphones on the SuperTooth HD to pick up what you say and play audio clearly. Voice recognition software enables you to set up the Bluetooth connection and receive calls with your voice. One plus: the device supports 12 languages, including Spanish and German.

 

Griffin iTrip2. Griffin iTrip with Aha – $59.99
This popular transmitter, which transmits audio from your phone over an FM radio signal, now supports Aha by Harman from your phone. You can configure the app to play almost any radio station, but there’s an added bonus. Tune in to a station such as “coffee” or “hungry” and the app will provide reports on new points-of-interest. There are also stations for traffic reports and local weather.

 

Cobra iRadar 3. Cobra iRadar Atom – $199.99
Available this spring, this improved (and 35% smaller) radar detector connects to your phone and monitors for police radars in your area. You’ll get an alert to slow down, but more importantly, you can share the location of the speed trap with other iRadar users in a community portal.

 

Garmin Nuvi4. Garmin Nuvi 3597 LMTHD – $379.99
Garmin has an uphill climb now that so many drivers are using their phones for navigation – or the built-in sat nav system. But there is one feature on this new high-end model that could turn heads: a more natural language approach. As you drive, the Garmin Nuvi 3597 LMTHD tells you to “turn left at the gas station”, which is more intuitive and helpful that street names and distances. Plus, the new Nuvi has a magnetic connector that pops it into place.

 

John Brandon / TechRadar
John Brandon
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  • http://www.brosix.com/ Brosix

    I usually use my phone for GPS so I don’t think I’ll buy a Garmin.

  • http://twitter.com/Otto_ki Otto_ki

    Wow these are some awesome stuff

  • http://twitter.com/ashleyvon65 Ashley Von Stieglitz

    When I travel to Morocco and other countries, I usually bring my phone (for emails, pictures, GPRS, call and text, music, and most especially to update my facebook and twitter.) and my DSLR camera for high quality pictures. These are the basic and most useful gadgets to use. And others are optional, it depends on your needs.