By Cadie Thompson
The forward facing camera won't protect you physically, but the footage it captures can be used to prove who is responsible for and car crash.
The Z-Edge dashcam can shoot 30 frames per second and will switch on automatically when you turn on your car and shut off once you switch the ignition off.
A smartphone mount can make navigation a lot less stressful.
Instead of constantly looking down at your phone for directions, you can use a mount to keep your Google Maps or Apple Maps app within your line of vision.
A jump starter kit is basically a battery source that allows you to start your car when it dies by simply hooking the clamps on the kit to the car's battery. But it can also be used as a backup power source.
The Suaoki portable jump starter kit also has a flashlight built in. Suaoki claims that its kit can start a vehicle 22 times on charge.
You don't have to buy a new car to be able to connect your smartphone to your vehicle via Bluetooth.
Belkin's Bluetooth car kit plugs into your car so that you can play music and make calls over your car's speakers hands-free.
A dead smartphone is the last thing you want while travelling. If you don't have a USB port in your car, or if you need more than one port, this Maxboost USB charger is a good option.
Automatic is a small car adaptor that you plug into the on-board diagnostics port of your car to get all kinds of data about your vehicle. The device -- which pairs with your phone via Bluetooth -- diagnoses engine problems, remembers where you parked, displays your trip history, and can even call for help in the case of an accident.
Earlier this year the company also rolled out the Automatic app gallery, which features apps for business, convenience and savings, and safety. For example, the Concur app lets drivers track mileage for work trips, making expenses extremely easy.
You can also connect the device to your Amazon Echo so that you can do things like ask Alexa how much fuel you have or how much you drove last week.
While this gadget is probably more useful for parents trying to keep tabs on their teens, it can also come in handy in the unfortunate event someone tries steals your vehicle.
The Spy Tec portable GPS tracker even allows you to set up a geo-fence and will notify you via email or text if the car goes outside the pre-determined area.
You shouldn't speed, but if you're going to do it, you'll want to get yourself a radar detector to alert you of any possible speed traps.
One of the best features in new cars these days is the blind spot alert function. The feature is basically just a light built into the side view mirror that flashes when someone is in your blind spot.
However, if you have an older vehicle, you can get the same sort of function by just adding blind spot mirrors.
A tire pressure monitoring system lets you easily keep tabs on the health of your tires.
Carchet's monitoring system measures both the temperature and the pressure of the tires. It comes with four sensors that attach to each tire and a monitoring display that plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter. The display shows the pressure of each tire so that you can easily detect when something is wrong.
This device is exactly what it sounds like. It can be used to cut seat belts and break car windows in the case you or someone else is trapped after an accident.
This Resqme seat belt cutter and window glass breaker goes on your keychain.
This is a simple car accessory, but it's incredibly useful.
The Drop Stop fits between your seat and the center console so that you never lose anything in that annoying crevice ever again.
Transforming your car into a travelling WiFi spot can help you stay connected wherever you go.
Mobileye's consumer product gives drivers real-time updates that can help prevent accidents.
The system consists of a smart camera that is installed on the front of the windshield, an audio alert buzzer, and a display so the driver can view the warnings.
Basically, Mobileye's smart camera has a computer in it that's capable of doing things like measuring the distance between vehicles, reading the speed limit, and detecting when pedestrians are nearby. This technology lets the car warn the driver when it senses a dangerous situation.
The Pearl RearVision system transforms your smartphone into a backup camera so that you can see around your car when you are reversing.
The system basically consists of three components: the licence-plate frame with its two high-definition cameras, an adaptor that plugs into your OBD port, and a magnetic mount for your smartphone that sticks to your dashboard.
Once the adaptor is plugged into the car, it enables the camera's to stream footage to the driver's smartphone. It also analyses the video stream for obstacles and will alert the driver if it senses a possible collision.
By Top Gear
The Prius gets better in the areas it needed to. Fresh-feeling cabin, urban economy, powertrain.
By Adil Khan
For decades, people have been speculating on topics ranging from car colour affecting insurance premiums to outlandish service intervals. You might ask yourself why these misconceptions exist and where these myths come from. It’s partially due to the lack of transparency in the industry itself as well as the fact that most people find the world of cars to be a little confusing. Whatever the reason, we’re debunking five of the silliest misconceptions about cars, once and for all.
By Craig Jamieson
Ah, the Skyline. Against a skyline. Nice.
The Skyline, in our opinion, is the car that made Nissan.
Never mind that it was actually invented by Prince – no, not the ‘Purple Rain’ one, the Japanese car manufacturer, which merged with Nissan in the 1960s. Nissan kept the excellent ‘Skyline’ name – and the somewhat suspect ‘Gloria’, but we digress.
The Skyline nameplate dates all the way back to the late 1950s, but it’s the 1989 R32 Skyline GTR that really put Nissan on the map. Even though there had been quite a few highlights in the range over the years – the original 1969 GTR, for instance, and the R31 GTS-R – the R32 left an indelible mark, both on the road and in motorsport.
Families have moved on from the family sedan.
Looking at sales trends, soccer fields and school drop-off lines it’s clear that today’s family car is actually an SUV. And the family-friendliest vehicle of them all, the minivan, continues to appeal with its purpose-built practicality.
As SUVs have grown more comfortable and more efficient over the years, families and car shoppers in general have demonstrated an increasing preference for the elevated driving position, superior cargo versatility and higher profile of SUVs. Whether it’s the sliding doors and cavernous interior of a minivan or the high-riding nature and available all-wheel drive of an SUV, each of these vehicles is simply more functional as a family car than a traditional sedan.
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2017 Honda CR-V
Totally redesigned for 2017, the CR-V is the best-selling SUV in the country and one of our most awarded cars every year.
By Robert Liwanag
Motor Company's futurist shares six automotive trends that will shape the car
industry this year.