You use your phone for more than just making calls. You use your TV for more than just watching shows. Shouldn't you use your car for more than just getting around town? From portable GPS units to wired-for-everything stereos to remote car-starters, this guide will teach you about the products and features that can turn your car into a connected car.
Vehicle Diagnostic and Tracking Devices
Devices like Zubie Key offer a glimpse into the future of the connected car. Compatible with most vehicles manufactured since 1996, these products plug into the diagnostic port underneath the steering wheel of your car.
With features like vehicle location updates and dangerous driving alerts, these tools are invaluable for a concerned parent of a novice driver.
Updates and Alerts — Accessible through a smartphone app or Internet portal, you can view constant updates and alerts about where your car is and how it's performing. Set check-in points so you're automatically alerted when your car arrives home, to work, school or other locations. You can also get alerted to potentially unsafe driving behaviors, such as hard braking and accelerating too quickly.
Engine Health — Daily engine health assessments, including battery health, can help you avoid breakdowns and catch potentially costly repairs before they get worse. They can even tell you what the worrisome check engine light means and turn it off when the problem is fixed.Shop for car diagnostics and tracking devices ›
Car Security and Remote Start
If you've ever wished that you could get your car warmed up or cooled down without having to go outside and start it, a remote starter is your answer. Many of these devices also offer additional security measures and automatic starting once you're within a defined range of your car.
Work with Geek Squad® to determine which remote starters are compatible with your car. They can also professionally install your remote starter and help you customize the features and settings that are available.
Starter Range — Consider how far away from your car you'll typically be when you want to start it remotely. You may want it primarily for starting your car from your home, but also think about whether you'll use it at work, the shopping mall, or other locations you often go. Common ranges span from several hundred feet to a mile or more. Starters that can connect with your smartphone via an app extend their range to practically anywhere.
Security — Remote starters can double as security systems, sounding the alarm and alerting you to potential break-ins or collisions that occur when you're away from your car.
Customizable Functions — Remote starters usually have buttons for starting, locking and unlocking your car, but some have additional buttons you can program to your car's other functions, such as defrosting or heated-seat activation.
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Radar detectors for your car keep you informed of who else is on the road, including police and other emergency vehicles. Many radar detectors also show you where red lights and speed cameras are located so you can adjust your driving accordingly.
Make sure you are in compliance with the law in the area you want to use your radar detector. Radar detectors are allowed in most areas, but they are illegal to use and not available for purchase in Washington, D.C., or Virginia.
Display — Look for a radar detector with a display that you can easily read. You should also be able to customize the display so you only see the information you need to know.
Detection and Sensitivity — Radar guns use a number of different frequency bands, and the more frequencies you can detect, the better your chances are of catching them. Look for a radar detector that can detect X, K and Ka radar frequencies as well as laser frequencies.
In addition, the distance a radar detector can detect a frequency from is determined by its sensitivity. Look for a detector with at least 10 decibels of sensitivity and that can switch sensitivities between highway and city modes so you aren't constantly getting false alarms.
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Dash and Back-Up Cameras
A dash camera can help you prove who was at fault during a collision or other accident. These camcorders record high-quality video (some include audio, too) and store it so you can play it back and see exactly what happened during your drive.
Similarly, back-up cameras let you see a complete, real-time video of what's going on behind you so you can reverse into and out of your driveway or parking stall with confidence. The video camera is installed near your rear license plate and displays on your video-enabled car stereo receiver. Make sure that the display is large enough for you to view and use easily.Shop for dash and back-up cameras ›
Geek Squad® Installation
If you want your connected car products installed by knowledgeable professionals, consult Geek Squad® online or in store. You can mount some products yourself, but for products ranging from car speakers to remote starters, call in the experts. Geek Squad® does more than a million car installations a year and stands behind the workmanship for as long as you own your car.
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Shop Online or In Store
Find a wide variety of connected car products and accessories at BestBuy.com. Your local Best Buy store also has a selection of connected car products. Plus, our friendly Blue Shirts are there to answer questions and help with choosing the best technology solutions to connect your car.