Groove: Groove is a smart device that plugs into your vehicle, syncs with your phone and lets you have a distractionfree drive. It works along with your cellphone provider, and blocks all the messages and calls while you drive. Once your car is off, it notifies your service provider and the blocked notifications come pouring back in. More info.
Wheel Watcher: The Wheel Watcher is a tamperproof steering wheel that prevents distracted driving. It comes with a small box that installs under the dashboard and wheel watcher that features smartsensors. Once car reaches the designated speed it automatically activates. When you remove your hands from the wheel, it detects the same and provides audible cues so you return your hands to the wheel. More info.
Car Connection: The Car Connection from Audiovox plugs into your vehicle's OBD II port and once you register your vehicle online, it begins sharing information with you. It allows you to know how fast your son is driving, or if your daughter is using her smartphone in the vehicle, and it alerts you whenever grandpa drives outside of a predetermined safety zone. It allows you to block cellphone usage inside the car, gives you details of driver performance, fuel usage, track your vehicle and more. It improves your safety and security and that of your family each day. More info.
ORIGOSafe: Your car will not start unless your phone is plugged into ORIGOSafe. ORIGOSafe is installed in the vehicle's center console; and to enable the car's ignition you must first insert your phone in the device. As you drive on, it recharges your phone, and allows you to make and receive phone calls via Bluetooth. More info.
Cellcontrol: This device from Scosche plugs into the OBD-II port of your car and blocks phone signals inside a moving car. It blocks text messages, emails, making phone calls and much more. It's smart enough to know when the car is moving, and allows signals to go through when the car is motionless. And if a handsfree device is plugged into the phone it allows normal usage. Buy Now: $129.95.
Mobileye 560: The Mobileye 560 is an alerting system that detects and alerts you when your vehicle is in close proximity to pedestrians, cyclists, bikers and other vehicles. More info.
RayGo: RayGo is designed so that you can respond to messages while driving without looking at your smartphone. It lets you safely use your favorite apps like Messenger, Whatsapp, Gmail, Skype and Pandora while driving or biking. A 5 key Bluetooth controller fixed on your steering wheel makes things a lot easy for you. When you begin driving, the RayGo's app senses and automatically transforms your favorite apps to DriveMode. More info.
DRIVE: DRIVE enables in-car messaging only when your hands are on the wheel, that means less distraction and staying focused on the road. It reads out your messages and notifications from your smartphone; you can interact with DRIVE by simply swiping your fingers. It's easy to install; using a magnetic base on the steering wheel column, connect it to your smartphone app, register it, and you are good to go. More info.
AppYourCar: AppYourCar is a smartphone gear that perfectly integrates your smartphone into your car. It consists of a wireless Bluetooth controller, a wireless dashboard holder and an innovative mobile app. It's specifically designed to give you an easy and safe way to use your smartphone in your car. It allows you to use all your messaging or social media apps right there on your smartphone without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. Buy Now: $59.
U-Wake: This smart wearable device detects your fatigue level and alerts you using the smartphone app. The app also alerts your friends and family to call you to talk and keep you awake. It's designed to keeps you safe while you are driving. More info.
Advicy Drive: The Advicy Drive is a smart wearable device that keeps you alert and prevents you from falling asleep at the wheel. Its app on your smartphone detects your attention level and lets you know if you're driving safely. If the app detects you are not paying attention on the road it sounds an alert, and if the sound alert isn't stopped within 20 seconds the app notifies your contacts. More info.
CarVi: CarVi is a smart driving assistance that monitors your driving habits and keeps you safe on the road. It uses a small dashboard camera installed in your car that "talks" to your smart phone, while the CarVi analyzes the data in real time and issues audible and visual alerts if it senses any potential issue. It device monitors your laneposition, distance from the driver in front of you and more. It learns about your driving habits and its app provides you with data and improves your driving skills. Pre-order: $299.
Anti Sleep Pilot: This little gizmo keeps you up and safe; it calculates your tiredness level, maintains your alertness, recommends a break and features easy to use design. More info.
Bluetooth Speakerphone: This slim speakerphone from Plantronics clips securely onto your visor. Its Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) can stream music, play podcasts, access GPS navigation, and more. The K100 comes with a convenient in-car recharger with Micro USB connector that allows you to recharge it in your car. Buy Now: $79.26.
Satechi Bluetooth Home Button: This compact gadget connects to your iOS/Android smartphone via Bluetooth and allows you to activate Siri or Google Voice Search with the press of a button. Just install the device on your steering wheel, and while you're driving, the button gives you access with a simple press, even if your phone is out of reach. Buy Now: $24.99.
Exploride: This smart device turns your car into a smart car. It features a transparent display, provides safer and smarter way to use maps, listen to music, call, text or access infotainment in your car. You can stream music from Spotify, Pandora, and other music services. It supports gesture and voice commands, Wi-Fi hotspot (inbuilt 4G/LTE), is cloudserver enabled and lets you record video on the road. Pre-order: $ 299.
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May 19, 2016
The best way to stay safe while driving is to be less distracted, even though we know that we shouldn't text and drive but the need to stay connected can be prime. And today's cars are built better than ever, and smartphones have become an integral part of our lives. To keep you safe and let you cut down on distracted driving, we have these gadgets which we are sure are going to be useful to you.