We’re more connected than ever before. We sync our phones, tablets, and computers across platforms and across environments. We expect to stay up to date with apps, photos, and downloads on all of our devices no matter where we are. From work commitments and smart home technology to wifi on airplanes and email in remote areas, there are no barriers to our technological experience. It only makes sense that the same features should also be able to transfer to your vehicle.
The latest technology in bluetooth telematics allows drivers and passengers to be fully in sync while on the road. It goes beyond music and GPS services, however. Bluetooth telematics could allow you to pay for things like tolls and gas fill ups without ever stepping outside of your vehicle. This technology will also enable more voice commands within your vehicle, like starting the engine or changing your route.
Bluetooth telematics can also help you better interact with the world (and other cars) around you. This technology can help identify the latest traffic information and guide users on the safest and fastest path to their destination. The system can offer alerts for drivers and help families connect on carpool missions.
Technology jargon can easily become overwhelming, particularly if your car doesn’t even have automatic locks, let alone a smart system. We’ve compiled a simple guide to let you know how to buy Bluetooth telematics for your car. Step 1 involves making sure your car is up to date enough for Bluetooth, Step 2 requires you to choose Android or iOS, Step 3 suggests figuring out your needs, and Step 4 recommends doing some market research.
Part 1 of 1: How to choose and buy Bluetooth components for your car
Step 1: Get up to date. The sad truth is that some cars are just too old to handle this new technology well. If you have an older model vehicle, it might not be possible, or cost effective, to outfit the interior with a Bluetooth component.
The good news is that if you are thinking of upgrading to a newer vehicle then you likely won’t have much work to do. As the technology becomes more readily available, automotive manufacturers are building a lot of features into newer models.
Step 2: Choose an operating system. Are you team Apple, or do you vote Android all the way? It’s important to know what operating system you prefer using because not all displays are brand neutral. It would be a shame to invest in a new system only to realize that it isn’t compatible with your phone.
Step 3: Determine your needs. If you tend to do a lot of work while driving, then you might be most interested in a signal booster and a wifi component.
If you’re always getting lost than an advanced GPS system and voice control might be more suitable to your needs.
Evaluate why you want to make your car more technologically friendly before you decide to shell out a lot of money on a new system.
Step 4: Research the market options. There are a ton of options for Bluetooth telematics integration in your vehicle. It’s a good idea to see what’s out there and read reviews before committing. Some components get pretty pricey, so make sure what you are purchasing is a good investment for you.
PC Mag has a complete breakdown of some of the best new options for drivers (and passengers).
Like any technological purchase, it’s a good idea to try the system out first to make sure that it will work for you. Usability and features are at the top of the list, but you also want to make sure the system is compatible with your lifestyle.