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Car Tech You Never Knew You Needed

This isn’t likely to be a list of Pimp My Ride-worthy supersonic audio systems, hot tubs in the back of the truck, aquariums, as well as ribbons, but a practical collection of all of the car accessories that might actually enhance your driving experience.

From dash cams that will prove your innocence in a collision to wireless Bluetooth transmitters for car audio systems that predate smartphone connectivity, the automobile accessory market is surely a variable one.

But before we get into the cool gadgetry, there is one crucial item that clinches the top spot. Dog hair, crisp crumbs, sand, hairpins, and the strange 1p coin; from the end of the month, your car probably resembles a detritus dumping ground, which means the smart and suitable Dyson V6 Car & Boat is a no-brainer in regards to ‘need to purchase’ car accessories.

We’ll leave the ‘need to get’ decision up to you — they’re pretty cool, however.

NEXTBASE 612GW DASH CAM
There is nothing more annoying than trying to explain to the insurer that the accident was not your fault, regardless of what type of tangled web of lies that the third party is trying to weave. Well now, the evidence is in the camera.

Recording in 4K quality, this wise dashcam permits you to record and readily transfer footage from the device to your phone or home PC. It uses a magnetic pad to fasten itself into the dashboard and it monitors your GPS and speed to guarantee everything’s fair and square whenever you happen to have an accident.

TILE MATE
While the bloke out of Britain’s Got Talent might have enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame (can not remember ‘where my secrets, where I call’? Look this up on Youtube, it will blow your mind), we know only too well the frustration of really misplacing them.

This handy gadget attaches to your keys; you can ring it out of your telephone or consult with the program to see if they were last observed. You may also press the button on the Tile Mate itself and it is going to ring your phone… and it will even make a sound in quiet mode.

DIVI USB CAR CHARGER
The Divi USB charger is among the most compact car chargers on the market, with a slimline design, which sits almost flush with the edge of the socket. It’ll let you simultaneously charge two devices at full speed with 2.4A in every USB port.

The aluminum case looks more superior to the plastic choices available on the current market, and the scratch resistance technology keeps it looking like new. The Divi charger has a range of security guarantees and includes a 12-month manufacturer warranty.

FIREFLY BLUETOOTH RECEIVER
Add Bluetooth to your car audio system with Firefly, the world’s smallest music recipient. Firefly permits you to stream music from your smartphone to any device with an AUX input.

Just plug Firefly into your music system and a USB power supply, and set it with your smartphone. Once paired, Firefly will recall your device and auto-connect whenever you are close by.

ARTECK CAR JUMP STARTER 8000MAH
If your vehicle is getting on a bit, and won’t always start the first time, do not call a tow truck service or wait on the side of the street for help, use the Arteck. This handy little device will lump your automobile up to 20 times on a single charge, with heavy-duty wires and clamp constructed in.

It will also charge all your portable devices, including tablets, cameras, wireless headphones, and portable gaming systems, and so on, and, if this was not enough, it’s an ultra-bright LED torch built-in.

LDESIGN WIRELESS BLUETOOTH FM TRANSMITTER
After the radio jingles literally make you want to blow a gasket, hook your phone up to this transmitter and play your own songs through your car stereo. With an in-built microphone, echo cancellation, and noise suppression, this transmitter conveniently doubles up as a hands-free calling apparatus and triples up as a charger.

Plugging into your cigarette lighter socket, this transmitter is easy to use and, according to people who have already purchased it, provides oodles of performance attributes, too.

AUTOGLYM THE COLLECTION
If you have just got a new car, or are trying to upgrade your old car, you’d be surprised how effective a clean is. If you’re looking for a whole clean, you can not go wrong with Autoglym’s Bodywork, Wheels & Interior collection.

The kit includes everything you want to get your car sparkling again, such as bodywork shampoo, super resin polish, additional gloss protection, clean wheels, instant tire dressing, metal wheel seal, interior shampoo, automobile glass polish, plastic and plastic care, a sponge, hi-tech finishing fabric, and lastly, an aqua dry fabric.

SCOSCHE USB CHARGER
If you are on the go for work, taking telephone calls every five minutes while surfing online spreadsheets can take its toll on your battery, so if you are driving between clients, it is a fantastic time to give your phone a boost of charge. This Scosche USB charger is small and fits neatly in your cigarette lighter socket.