We checked out the new car tech at the 2009 SEMA Show to see what the hottest trends are.
PLX Kiwi Wi-Fi with Rev by Dev Toaster
This is technically a bundling of two products. The first bit is the PLX Kiwi Wi-Fi, a Wi-Fi dongle that connects to your vehicle's onboard diagnostics port and broadcasts vehicle data to a paired iPhone. The second part is the Rev app by Dev Toaster, which displays the data in an easy-to-understand format, along with GPS lap times for track use.
If you're anything like me, you've got too many cupholders in your car and not enough drinks. With the PLX GoPod, one of those unused drink receptacles can be put to good use keeping your MP3 player or cell phone from flopping around the cabin during spirited driving.
The DashDAQ is a little Linux-powered performance computer, offering OBD-II diagnostics reading, fuel economy info, GPS navigation, and multimedia playback. The DashDAQ XL is all of that plus a much bigger screen, double the onboard memory, and a much more rugged construction.
Bully Dog is most famous for its Triple Dog performance management tools that allow supported vehicle's ECUs to be reflashed for better performance. The new Watchdog OBD monitors don't allow reflashing, but do work with a wider variety of vehicles for monitoring fuel economy, power, and diagnostic trouble codes.
The GoPro HD Hero Motorsports is the successor to last year's Hero 5 Wide. This new model adds a number of features including 1080p HD resolution video, a rechargeable battery, and an upgrade port that enables the addition of an extended battery or even an LCD display.
DashCommand is another very cool-looking iPhone app that uses GPS and accelerometer data to measure vehicle performance. This app is also compatible with Wi-Fi OBD-II readers, such as the previously mentioned PLX Kiwi WiFi, for even more detailed data.
Auto-Dimming Mirror with 3.5-inch Rear Camera Display
This auto-dimming rearview mirror from Mito Corporation hides a 3.5-inch color LCD that appears when a rearview camera (not included) sends a video signal. Also integrated are HomeLink controls, a digital compass, and ambient LED lighting.
While we're still on the fence about the true benefits of nitrogen-filled tires, the Parker TyreSaver 3.0 is a hand-held nitrogen generator that extracts close to 100 percent of nitrogen from compressed air. It's replaceable filter cartridge supposedly lasts for thousands of fill-ups.
This weatherproof iPod dock is a self-contained stereo system with an integrated amplifier, speakers, and a wireless remote. After a simple two-wire installation, off-roaders will be able to charge and listen to their iPods regardless of how muddy the terrain gets.