Upgrade your car with these cool tech gadgets

ByDomenick Candelieri WABC logo
Friday, December 18, 2015
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Tech Lifestyle expert Andrea Smith and Eyewitness News reporter Michelle Charlesworth on the latest car tech gadgets.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Cold temperatures usually mean annoying car troubles. Tech lifestyle expert Andrea Smith has the latest tech gadgets that will upgrade your car!

Viper SmartStart

In the winter, it takes a little bravery and a lot of layers to leave the warmth of your home and get into a freezing cold car, not to mention having to wait while the engine heats up. Heat up your car before you even leave the house with the Viper SmartStart. It's an after-market device that gets installed in your vehicle giving you one-touch access to commands like remote start, lock and unlock.

Using the Viper SmartStart 4.0 app on your smartphone you can also locate your vehicle; great for crowded parking lots or checking on kids. Parents of teen drivers will appreciate the ability to set speed and GPS alerts so you'll always know where your car is. Some features such as GPS location monitoring require a monthly service plan and all units require installation.

Starts at $199

Cobra JumPack CPP 8000

There's nothing worse than being out in the cold, anxious to get into your nice warm car only to find you have a dead battery. Instead of waiting an hour or more for AAA or a good Samaritan with jumper cables, carry your own. The Cobra JumPack 8000 is a portable and lightweight device that will jump your battery multiple times on a single charge.

Not only that, if your phone runs out of battery while calling for help, the JumPack can recharge that too. It also features an emergency LED light and holds a charge for months while not in use. The JumPack is a great safety tool to keep in your glove box or trunk.


Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam CDR 855

Dash Cams are becoming increasingly popular in the US. We see more and more news stories showing video of accidents and road conditions. The Cobra Drive HD Dash Cam records in full HD, giving you video evidence of everything that happens in front of you. It has a 2-inch LCD screen, an ultra-wide 160 viewing angle and an embedded G-Sensor to automatically save and protect clips on the 8GB MicroSD card if impact is detected.

NYC drivers will appreciate the parking mode which automatically records on impact.



Phone chargers are a necessity wherever you go, but especially in cars. The last thing you want to do is run out of battery when you need to call for help. The Secur charger has a USB outlet so you can charge your phone or others devices while driving, but it also has a myriad of safety features.

The high power LED flashlight has a flashing red light that can be activated in an emergency, the tip of the charger can be used to break a window from the inside and a seat belt cutter is cleverly hidden in the base. It's like a Swiss Army Knife of emergency features rolled into one charger.