For some of us, there is the thrill of zipping down the highway on a motorbike at speeds that we would normally not dream of doing so in an attempt to obtain an adrenaline rush while skipping rush hour traffic. Owning a high powered motorbike is certainly a joy, but then again there is also the drawback of having one’s vision being blocked or limited due to the helmet that one wears. The CrossHelmet X1 offers something else entirely: a 360° field of view that is made possible courtesy of its integrated rear-camera and augmented reality HUD (Heads Up Display).
Many of us own more than a single smartphone or mobile device these days, and more often than not, the power bank is an essential tool that we bring around in order to make sure that there is always some juice on hand just in case our handset runs out of power in the middle of the day. It is also not amiss to see more and more vehicle owners purchase a charger that plugs into their ride’s 12V socket, and Scosche has upped the ante with their latest Scosche BTFREQ. The Scosche BTFREQ might be a small device, but do not let its looks deceive you since it is mighty in nature with a clever design that packs in a slew of technology solutions which ranges from in-vehicle hands-free communications to entertainment, Power Delivery, and Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Alexa.
Having a dead car battery is an inconvenience that often happens unannounced and without any prior warning signs. As with Murphy’s Law, this tends to happen during the most inopportune of moments: perhaps right before that big meeting, an important dinner date, or simply when you are in a rush for an appointment. The whole hassle of calling a tow truck not to mention the high cost attached in doing so can be painful to your bank account, while flagging a Good Samaritan down to help you out with a pair of jumper cables is not always guaranteed to happen. Since prevention is always better than cure, why not make sure you are always prepared with Autowit’s 12V Batteryless Car Jump Starter?
While not everyone loves to drive around, it is all too important these days if you were to install a dashboard camera of some sort for added safety in the event of an accident or minor fender bender. After all, without evidence from a dashboard camera, a lot of it might boil down to a case of “You say, I say” in front of the police and authorities. Why not let recorded visual evidence have the final word in the matter? Autowit knows that the upcoming holiday season will see plenty of people travel to various destinations: to visit family, for a quick holiday, or simply during one’s daily commute, which is why they have released the $69.99 Autowit dashboard camera.
If there is one particular component of a vehicle that is often overlooked and yet most crucial to its running, it would be the battery. You might have the most ferocious engine underneath the hood, but if the battery is dead, no amount of horsepower potential is going to make it move an inch. A dead battery is as simple as having no battery at all. While replacing an old battery is an option, what happens when a relatively new battery goes flat because you forgot to turn off the headlamps the night before? Jump starting the battery is the next best option, and this is where Autowit’s Jump Starter comes into the picture.
It was only a matter of time before vehicles incorporated rear view cameras, and this has undoubtedly helped drivers from all walks of life to be able to drive in a safer manner, especially when they are backing up their vehicle into the garage or a parking lot. There has been instances of parents unwittingly knocking their own child over simply because the child was in a blind spot, and the rear view camera has definitely worked wonders in minimizing such unfortunate incidents. Rear View Safety has recently rolled out a range of vehicle flood lights that boast of a built-in backup camera.
The whole world is moving towards a smarter environment, where smartphones are now considered to be an indispensable part of life in the urban jungle. Vehicles too, have gained plenty from artificial intelligence, being able to brake earlier than expected, warning drivers should they end up being drowsy or start to drift into another lane. A fully autonomous vehicle remains in the works as testing continues, and this has fuelled PerceptIn’s work on the DragonFly Pod. The DragonFly Pod is touted to be the people’s autonomous vehicle (AV), where it comes with a starting price tag of $40,000.
Many of us own more than one smartphone these days, and ride-sharing drivers tend to have a minimum of two in order to keep track of their customers while making sure that they have a backup handset just in case something happens, or they need to call someone during an emergency. Whatever the case is, or if you are simply a smartphone owner, you should still pick up a smartphone car mount. For starters, a smartphone car mount lets you carry out hands-free conversations, and it also provides an avenue for your handset to remain in place while providing directions via a navigation app of your choice rather than sliding all over the dashboard. Kenu has just made life better with the announcement of wireless charger car mounts: the Airframe Wireless and Airbase Wireless. Both of these mounts are Qi-certified, delivering up to 10W of power to compatible smartphones.
If there is one particular peripheral that would definitely come in handy while driving, it would be the dashboard camera. After all, getting involved in an accident can be a messy affair, no matter how minor it might be. Having an eyewitness to the incident would be important when it comes to settling insurance claims, which is why a dashboard camera that simply works is of utmost importance (I would say the USB charger comes in a close second). Rand McNally has launched their latest dash cam and companion app, offering high-quality video as well as still photos in a single device: the DashCam 500.
While self-driving cars have taken a knock in terms of readiness of being rolled out due to the recent events where these vehicles were involved in fatal accidents, what about regular folks like you and me who do not have the luxury of sitting inside one of these automated vehicles? We still need to be alert at all times, controlling the vehicle using our experience, reflexes and senses, in order to ensure the safety of everyone inside. Having a car cam installed does help somewhat, especially in minor fender benders where an eyewitness account is extremely important when settling insurance matters. The Owl Car Cam is such, delivering instant video for cars while helping folks deal with crashes, dents, traffic stops and break-ins.