SEMA 2013 is more of a business-to-business event than a consumer one, but there are still plenty of consumer-targeted car products there. Here are the coolest new gizmos, gadgets and accessories for your vehicle.
This has happened to everyone: you put groceries in the trunk, take a couple of spirited corners, and by the time you get home, your produce is all over the place. MacNeil Automotive Products’ CargoTech prevents that with a four-piece containment system. Grippy feet keep the corner pieces in place.
Pittman’s AirBedz (almost) provides the comfort of your bedroom anywhere you go (almost). The inflatable mattress is puncture-resistant and features wheel-well cutouts for a perfect fit in most mid- and full-size trucks. Optional cutout inserts allow you to use AirBedz in your home as well.
Door dings are a car owner’s worst enemy. But how can you prevent it if you’re parked for a long time? Covercraft has just come out with Carband, an impact-absorbing stretchy band that comes in 10 sizes. Place one end over the bumper area and stretch to the other side; works over a car cover or by itself.
Designed by Palmer Performance Engineering for anyone who wanted to know what their vehicle is really doing, DashCommand is a virtual dashboard — represented on a smart phone or in-car screen — that can display digital gauges, show your road speed, indicate your fuel economy and a host of other stats.
Anyone with a big vehicle will tell you it can be a pain accessing items from the cargo area. Bedslide basically turns the back of your truck, van or SUV into an easy access drawer—pull on the handle and all of your stuff slides towards you. Several versions are offered to fit a variety of makes and models.
Nothing is worse than coming back to your vehicle and realizing that you’ve left your lights on after parking. The PowerAll by Gryphon Mobile Electronics comes to the rescue — a compact and lightweight car battery jump starter, USB power bank and LED flashlight in one. A full charge can provide 20 jump starts.
Korea’s GT Co. has come out with the X-vue, a portable device that adds safety features like forward collision and lane departure warning to any vehicle. The unit has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and comes with a detachable windshield-mounted camera that calculates relative speed and distance to the car in front, as well as your centred-ness in your driving lane.
HoloShift Head-Up Display
Whether you’re a weekend racer or hypermile junkie, Holoshift by LightSpeed Automotive Technology can help you achieve your performance or fuel-saving goals. Place the unit on your dash and HoloShift projects a tachometer, customizable shift light and engine warning lights onto your windshield. Works with almost every engine configuration.
CARR Tow Hook Step
Unless you’re eight feet tall, it can be a challenge to wash the top of your SUV or climb into the back of your pickup. CARR offers an easy-to-install tow hook step that clamps onto a front or rear tow hook without any drilling. The step flips up when not in use and is available with 14 different graphics.
Janus Pro HD
Surveillance cameras protect streets and buildings, so why not cars? The Janus Pro HD has a parking mode that will detect and record (in up to 1280×720 high-definition) any questionable activity that happens when you’re not around. There is also software included so users can review and save footage.
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