I don’t know about you, but I appreciate the latest technologies that help simplify my life. I still really love my car GPS, our easy to use home security system that helps us monitor our home while we’re away, a few phone apps I use to communicate with my loved ones from far away and so much more.
Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Vehicle Tech Team at Consumer Technology Association to test drive an older model car that was upgraded with after-market vehicle technologies. Who knew that you could drive a five year old car and you can still enjoy the same latest technologies that a brand new car offers?
I have a newer, two year old car and it came with features I love such as a back up camera, a blind-spot detection system, a front touch screen where I can connect to my Apple iPhone for my audio entertainment and more. But if you don’t have these features in your older model car, you’ll be glad to know that now, you can have these features by adding after-market technologies in your car.
Here are a few after-market vehicle products worth mentioning:
Apple CarPlay – Available on select cars, CarPlay by Apple is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in your car’s built-in display. CarPlay helps you get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused while you drive. Simply connect your iPhone and go.
Android Auto – This is the Android version of CarPlay for those who have Android phones. Android Auto is a simpler way to use your phone in the car. Whether on your phone screen or on your car display, Android Auto was designed with safety and convenience in mind. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and your Google Assistant, it’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.
Viper SmartStart Remote Start – My husband gifted me the Viper remote start for my car two years ago and I absolutely love it! With this technology, I can remotely start, lock and unlock my car just by pushing a button on my smartphone. It helps a lot when my car is freezing from the cold weather and I can start and warm it up for 15 minutes without actually going outside — thanks to my Viper remote start system! I know this same car remote technology is offered by other brands such as Alpine and VOXX Electronics, but I absolutely love my car’s Viper remote start capability!
Rear Seat Entertainment Systems – My family loves going on road trips and with kids who get easily bored in the car, we have to have our rear seat entertainment system. If you’re looking to get one for your new or older model car, there are various after-market car technologies available in the market right now that are affordable, easy to install and work very well. I found a few products on Amazon and Best Buy, but do a thorough research before buying one.
For more about these after-market products or the latest technology trends, go visit www.cta.tech
So what do you think about these after-market vehicle technologies? What are some of the current features in your car that you can’t live without? Tell me in the comments!
This post is sponsored by Consumer Technology Association. All views and text are my own.