If you have an iPhone and a long commute to work, or you just need a way to stay connected while on the road, there are some accessories out there that can improve your experience, keep you safe by providing distraction-free driving and integrate the vehicle with the phone.
The iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S are two of the most popular smartphones on the planet. Siri, Google Now and now S Voice Drive are all technologies that allow the driver to control many phone functions while behind the wheel. With all of this modern integration, people are bringing their phones with them in the vehicle more often. However, if you have spent any time in the car with your phone you’ll quickly realize that you may not be adequately equipped.
That is where accessories com in to play. Some people want a more permanent solution, wiring in permanent audio adapters and power cables. Others would prefer replacing their factory stereo unit altogether, so they can have a better sounding system with complete integration like several of the OEM providers. Some just need a temporary add-on to let them easily use their phone with their existing set up.
The list of accessories available for the iPhone and the vehicle is extensive, and we have a list to help you weed through the good, the bad and the ugly of accessories.
Remember to observe all federal, state, and local laws governing accessory and phone use before using while driving. In some states, it is illegal to mount anything to the windshield. Radar detectors are illegal in most of Canada, and in Virginia and Washington, D.C. in the United States. Also remember that modifying a vehicle electrical system can be dangerous and should be performed by a trained professional.
Cobra's iRadar unit is designed to function as a smart radar detector in your vehicle. It mounts on your windshield or dash (depending on legality), and broadcasts the screen information to the iPhone. It covers all the major radar and laser ranges, and also utilizes GPS to help locate and mark known speed traps. One additional "feature" of the unit is that the output display is on the phone, preventing people from following you and looking at your radar detector as a tool to help them.