Smart Car Gifts
While many cars today are starting to include more smart technology already integrated in them, not every car has it. Does someone on your list drive? This may make the perfect gift this holiday season!
You can get someone you love the smart technology they need to use in their car, even if it wasn’t originally made with smart tech. Smart car gadgets are extremely useful, and also provide a wide range of safety features.
Many smart devices for cars plug into the OBD-II port, which is typically down between the pedals and the steering wheel. All vehicles made from 1996 on have an OBD-II port in them, as it’s a requirement for the car to even be able to be produced.
The OBD-II port allows devices to read important information about the car, and OBD-II readers allow you to read this information on your phone. One of the most common OBD scanners available is the Hum from Verizon.
Once you plug the Hum in, you can use an app on your phone to view information such as top speed, fuel mileage, and health reports about your car. The Hum is especially good for protective parents who want to monitor their child’s car, because you can set speed and distance boundaries that, if broken, will alert you on your phone.
For example, if your child goes over 65 on the highway, you’ll know exactly when and how fast they went at their highest speed. The Hum will also alert you if your child is in an accident or other collision.
You can even see where the car has driven, as it maps each drive. Another great car monitor to give as a gift is the Nonda ZUS. The ZUS plugs into the cigarette lighter rather than the OBD-II port, and has a different variety of functions.
The ZUS’s main use is helping you find where you parked your car. When you turn off the engine, the ZUS transmits and logs the location using the app on your phone. So when you come back to find your car, you’ll see an arrow on your phone pointing you in the right direction.
This also tells you how far away the car is. The ZUS also acts as a USB port, so you can plug in and charge your phone. The ZUS will give you updates on car health reports, such as current battery life. It makes a great gift for car owners!
Car statistics and safety reports aren’t the only purposes of smart devices for cars. Entertainment is also very important to most people. There are plenty of different stereo and entertainment systems available, and with proper mounts and installation procedures, they can be installed on just about any car.
For example, Xshop sells stereos that allow you to hook up your phone through the AUX cord or Bluetooth, so you can stream your favorite songs. This is especially useful for cars that don’t have these features already built in, like most modern cars do.