Road Trip Tech: How to Trick Out Your Ride

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Rev up the engine, load up on snacks and get ready to ... wait in traffic. Yes, it's Labor Day Weekend, the time of year when everybody takes a road trip to celebrate not having to work. Make your journey more fun with these awesome gadgets for your automobile.


Navdy - This Buetooth-connected device projects text and social media notifications on a heads-up display, alongside turn-by-turn navigation and a digital speedometer. Don't want to deal with text? Use a voice command or swipe it away. ($299)

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Sony MEX-N5000BT Car Stereo Receiver - Just because you are still proudly driving a Volvo from 1989 doesn't mean you can't have a stereo with streaming audio and a USB port. ($129.99)


Karma - Places that don't have Wi-Fi: your car, gas stations and shabby motel rooms on the highway. This tiny mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is pay-as-you-go, so you can access the Internet from anywhere without an absurdly expensive monthly contract. ($99)

Streambot Y - Buying and installing a stereo receiver can be expensive. This plug-and-play device connects Bluetooth-equipped smartphones with a car's FM radio. ($36.99)



— Keith Wagstaff