Cars, we see them on the road every day in all sizes, colours, models and brands. For example, French car brands such as Renault, Peugeot, Citroën are known for budget-friendly cars, just like those of their Asian competitors Hyundai, Kia and Mazda. The German brands such as Mercedes, Audi and BMW are known for their cars in the luxury segment. American brands usually do well as innovators, such as Ford who became the first car brand to go into mass production thanks to the assembly line and now Tesla, which is currently challenging all car brands in the world to use classic car construction and modern technologies in our smartphones and tablets. to merge to create the ultimate 'Smart Car'.
Today's technology advances so fast that it becomes virtually impossible to keep up. If you used to buy a new car, you drove for years with 'the new model'. Now your new car is already outdated after a year. Fortunately, you don't always have to buy a new car to enjoy the latest gadgets. One of the most requested built-in car accessories today is the navigation screen. Obviously very handy for those who like to travel in the car or maybe even manage to get lost on the way to the supermarket. But did you know that such a navigation screen is almost always an unnecessary luxury? Most likely you have such a screen in your pocket. That's right, your smartphone!
You undoubtedly use your smartphone every day. As a regular phone for calls and messages, but also as a camera or music player. Well, that handy all-rounder is also a great GPS device! You have undoubtedly heard of applications such as Google Maps and Waze that guide you to your destination via the mobile data of your smartphone, but even for those who prefer not to use mobile data for their navigation system, there are excellent alternatives. Applications that use offline maps that you can download while at home and then use in the car without an internet connection. A good example of this is Sygic, which has been a real added value for both Android and Apple devices for years.
Another accessory that comes standard in new cars, but most likely not yet installed in your car, is a digital DAB radio. The major radio stations want to encourage their listeners as much as possible to listen to their broadcasts via DAB+ in order to completely disappear from the FM channels by 2030 at the latest. Some channels are even planning the switch as early as 2022! Fortunately, you don't have to buy a new car or car radio for that either. Via FM transmitters you can 'send' the music from your smartphone to your car radio. This way you can even listen to your favorite Spotify playlists or podcasts in your car.
You see, with a number of simple car accessories for your smartphone you have the most modern gadgets in your own car and you don't have to buy an expensive Tesla for that. Would you like to learn more about useful accessories for your car? Be sure to read our next blog posts!