COMEX 2016

Car Tech

1 Marbella Pilot S Navigator
1 Marbella Pilot S NavigatorPHOTOS: MARBELLA, MIVUE, PLANTRONICS, TOMTOM

1 Marbella Pilot S Navigator
$199 (usual price $299); free VR3 HD720P Roadcorder (worth $139)

Booth 6441

Some might say a smartphone is the best and only navigation device you will ever need on a road trip.

But users of dedicated navigation devices such as the Marbella Pilot S Navigator would disagree.

Its user interface is built for ease of use, especially when you have to keep your eyes on the road. The large five-inch screen lets you take a quick and clear glance at directions before you bring your attention back to the road.

It has standard features such as connecting to your smartphones to stream calls via Bluetooth. Other features, such as displaying front and reverse cameras, are available as optional purchases.

Another optional feature is its ability to monitor your tyre pressure and temperature. This would be a particularly useful feature when you are on a long road trip and need to ensure that the car is in tip-top condition.


2 MiVue C310
$99; free 16GB microSD card

Booth 6243

The MiVue C310 offers drivers peace of mind. The video recorder captures every single moment in full HD so there is little argument about who is right or wrong in the event of an accident.

Couple that with the 110-degree wide-viewing angle and you have a clear vision of any incidents that happen on the road.

Its f/2.4 lens ensures brighter and clearer videos so every detail is visible, even under low-light conditions. It even records direction and force, which will come in useful for accident reports.


3 Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth Headset
$179 (usual price $199); free iWalk Power Bank and TYLT BAND car charger (worth $68)

Booths 309, 6138, 8101 & 8303

The Plantronics Voyager 5200 Bluetooth headset comes with not just one but four microphones.

This may seem like overkill, but the four microphones work together to cancel background noise (from traffic and wind, for instance) while keeping your voice crystal clear during a call.

You can activate intelligent voice assistants such as Siri, Google Now or Cortana by touching a dedicated button on the Bluetooth headset.

It is also smart enough to announce incoming callers' names and pick up voice commands to interact with the phone.

The power sipping headset, which activates only when it is worn, can last up to seven hours of non-stop conversation and nine days in standby mode.


4 TomTom VIA 52
$199 (usual price $249)

Booths 305 & 6241

Travellers who drive when overseas will see the TomTom VIA 52 as a valuable travel accessory.

It comes preloaded with maps of Australia, New Zealand and countries in South-east Asia, all updated free for the life of the device.

Its five-inch touchscreen displays the best route available, thanks to the real-time and intelligent TomTom Traffic feature that knows which congested roads to avoid.

Finding a particular spot promises to be as easy as entering part of the address and letting the device find the best match.

• Seow Tein Hee is a freeelance writer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2016, with the headline 'Car Tech'. Print Edition | Subscribe