Technology makes our lives so much better, and while cars these days often come laden with the gizmos, there are still some tech accessories out there that make driving a much more enjoyable experience.
Here are some gadgets every Singaporean driver should have in their car. Since it's the season, it's also a good time to pick these up for a driver you know.
In-car recording camera
Almost a necessity nowadays given the insanity we see on our roads, in-car recording cameras offer peace of mind, and also as a form of insurance in the case of any disputes arising from incidents encountered. You know what they say, if it’s caught on tape, there’s no escape.
There are many brands and types of cameras available on the market, but perhaps the most prominent brand has to be BlackVue. You can opt for one that does simple recording (both front and rear), or go for a more advanced product that can even sync to the cloud vis Wi-Fi and gives you real time GPS tracking and a live view of your car at all times via an app on your phone.
Get this: Blackvue DR650S-2CH (S$699)
GPS navigation system
Let’s face it: many Singaporeans are pretty bobo when it comes to directions. Unless you’re a hardcore taxi/Uber/Grab driver, chances are you’re not likely to know the many nooks and crannies of our small but ultra dense island. Plus with our ever-changing roads due to numerous construction works, sometimes navigating around Singapore can get really confusing.
While in-phone navigation apps like Google Maps or Waze can work pretty well, sometimes it’s handy to have a dedicated navigation device, perhaps just for backup (let’s say your phone is running low on juice, or you’ve busted your data cap for the month). There are many brands of GPS navigation systems out there, but Garmin are regarded as perhaps the leaders in this segment. Their latest model, the Garmin DriveSmart 50LM, not only includes free lifetime upgrades for maps in Singapore and Malaysia, but also voice-activated navigation and Bluetooth connectivity with your smartphone, allowing the device to display incoming phone messages and alerts. Neat.
Get this: Garmin DriveSmart 50LM (S$299)