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9 low-tech accessories for your high-tech car

You have your high-tech smartphone paired to your high-tech ride. Now to make them both work to the best of their ability, you may need a few low-tech accessories.

With its easily flattened design, the Breffo Spiderpodium is easily transported, making it great for use on the go. GPS owners can leave the bulky suction cup mount in the car when pocketing their portable navigation devices.
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BreffoSpider Podium
The low-tech Breffo Spiderpodium is deceptively simple, but we've found almost a dozen uses for this universal mount since we tested it. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

You have your high-tech smartphone paired to your high-tech ride. Now you want to make them work together and keep them working as safely and efficiently as they can. Sometimes there are high-tech solutions to enable that level of functionality, for example Bluetooth wireless connectivity, iPhone integration, or OBD-II interfacing technologies. However, in many cases, you may find yourself relying on good, old-fashioned low-tech solutions.

Jumper cables, cassette adapters, and tire pressure gauges--these are just some of the unsung heroes of the car tech world. These low-tech wonders have been around for much longer than the USB ports and touch-screen diagnostic systems that we now covet in out tech cars, and some would argue are just as useful, if not more reliable, than their high-tech counterparts. What's more, these inexpensive and often easy-to-operate gadgets make great gifts for new drivers and seasoned car lovers.

We've rounded up 9 low-tech accessories for your high-tech car, but there are sure to be some that we missed. Share your favorite low-tech gadget in the comments below.