Roadworthy gadgets for the holidays

These gadgets will help gearheads be safer on the roads and give their cars a big, techie boost.

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Pioneer AVIC 8000NEX navigation and multimedia receiver

Pioneer's flagship AVIC 8000NEX boasts dozens of media and navigation options -- including the first aftermarket appearance of Apple CarPlay.

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Drift Ghost-S action cam

GoPro may rule the motorsports world, but there is reason to look at the Drift Ghost-S when considering an action camera. It comes with a built-in LCD and a waterproof case. Two screw mounts allow more flexibility when attaching it to suction cup mount, so you can capture that perfect lap from inside or outside the car.

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Cobra iRadar Atom radar detector

Cobra envisions a new generation of radar detectors with the iRadar Atom. Paired with a smartphone, its app gives you detailed alerts and also connects with Cobra's AURA database, which automatically shares alerts from the Cobra community for over-the-horizon detection.

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Kinivo BTC455 Bluetooth car kit

For drivers who just want to add Bluetooth without major modifications to their car, this tiny dongle by Kinivo sends hands-free call audio and wirelessly streamed stereo music through a car's speakers via the auxiliary input present on most modern car stereos. Simple controls let you accept incoming calls and skip tracks.

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iSimple BluClik Bluetooth remote control

BluClik straps to your steering wheel for easy access, and adds Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and music streaming to your car. More useful, it includes a pass-through to Siri on the iPhone or Android voice search, letting you activate  the voice commands features of your phone remotely.

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