As the years go by, our cars continue to become more and more intelligent and tech-focused. Whether it’s connected cars becoming more prevalent, self-driving cars overthrowing traditional versions, or the simple introduction of touchscreen radios, cars are progressively developing at a rapid rate seemingly all the time.
With so much momentum, it can be hard to keep up especially if you’re happily commuting in your old trusty steed. Thankfully, we’re here to help you out. In this article, we’ll run through some of our favourite drop-in car tech gadgets to teach your old car some new tricks.
For the past few years in particular, more and more UK drivers are finding themselves requiring the intervention of dash cams to help assist with insurance claims. Prior to this, dash cams were only common in places like Russia, where motoring laws face scrutiny for being too relaxed. This has therefore persuaded drivers across Russia to purchase a dash cam to give a little more support in the event of a claim.
Nowadays, dash cams are a common sight on UK roads, making them top of the list of our tech upgrades. Unfortunately, the demand for more dash cams has resulted in many sub-par models being made available to drivers. These often come with bad image quality, which is something that severely impacts the quality of your insurance claim.
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Read more: Are dashcams worth the effort? How they can help you save time, money and stress
An emerging tech trend in the automotive industry revolves around how connected our cars can be. V2V/V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle/vehicle-to-everything) technology is changing the way our cars communicate and navigate road networks. While some technology can’t be introduced to older vehicles, their internet connectivity can be replicated relatively easily.
Installing small modules into either the OBD port or 12v charger port in your car, these hotspots bring a constant internet connection to all the devices you use in your car, whether that be your fancy new aftermarket radio, or yours and your passenger’s phones.
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Cons of networking hotspots
Read more: What are connected cars?
While touchscreen radios are immensely popular these days, not every car on the market can benefit from them. If your car was made in the mid-late 2010s, you could fall into this unfortunate situation where your car comes with all the mechanical benefits of a modern car, while still lacking some more entertainment-based features.
Thankfully, not all hope is lost. From drop-in replacements to completely new models, touch screen radios can be found all over.
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So, you’ve gone through all the effort to find the right car at the right price. Think of how distraught you’d be if it got stolen without any hopes of tracking it down. Maybe you leave valuables in it overnight, or even a full tank of fuel that is now useless.
Although there is no solid legal framework around your rights when tracking a car, having measures in place to retrieve your stolen vehicle can be invaluable in the unfortunate event that your car goes missing.
Tracking can be as simple or complex as you’d like. Some motorists resort to using their old smartphones with the GPS switched on in combination with features like find my iPhone, others use AirTags as a lower-powered alternative.
Pros of GPS trackers
Cons of GPS trackers
For those who can never quite judge how far back they are, parking sensors are a godsend and, thankfully, there’s no need to go out and buy an entirely new car to enjoy them.
For the uninitiated, parking sensors can feel like a complex tech upgrade. Fortunately, as interest has continually built up around them, aftermarket parking sensor kits are now found relatively often.
Pros of parking sensors
Cons of parking sensors
While tech upgrades are a fun avenue to explore, there’s nothing that quite matches the feeling of securing a car with everything you want already installed. Thankfully, though, these upgrades are universally applicable to both old cars and new, so you’ll never be short of ways to enhance your driving experience.
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