Three Things You Didn’t Know About Your Bluetooth
Most new cars and the top American cars from 2016 feature Bluetooth. This allows you to connect your phone to the Bluetooth system and talk hands-free through your speakers. It also allows you to use your phone to play your downloaded music or stream music through your phones apps. However, while most people are well aware of these features, there are many other things that you do using the Bluetooth feature in your car. Here are three things you may not know about that you can do with your car’s Bluetooth.
View Radar Alerts
Do you have a tendency to drive faster than you should? While you know it is unsafe, you still find yourself in a hurry to get where you are going. The downside is that you run the risk of encountering a police officer and being pulled over for speeding. However, have you ever wished that you could tell where the cops were or where their speed traps were set up? Thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology, this is becoming a reality. There are items you can plug into or use in your car that have the ability to detect radar, lasers and cameras. This can help you to tell that cops may be in the area using radar or lasers to catch speeders or that cameras are installed to catch red light runners. If you want to avoid a ticket, Bluetooth can help you with this goal.
Have a Portable OBV-II Device
If your check engine light comes on, you typically have to go to a mechanic to determine what the problem is. The mechanic plugs your car into an OBV-II device. Your car then inputs a code into the reader which tells the mechanic exactly what is wrong with your car. Many repair shops will charge you for this service. However, if your car has Bluetooth, you can buy a portable OBV-II device. When plugged into your car and your phone, the reader will spit out a code when the check engine light is on, letting you know what the issue is. The Bluetooth device may also be able to send alerts to you when something else is wrong with your car, such as low tire pressure or a past due oil change, depending on the specific device you purchase.
Message Access Profile (Maps)
The last feature that you probably did not realize you could do with your car’s Bluetooth system is read text messages. A Bluetooth system allows you to make and answer phone calls while driving simply by talking to your car’s Bluetooth system. However, the message access profile, or MAP system, has the ability to read your text messages allowed when you connect your phone to the Bluetooth receiver. And if you want to respond, you can do so simply be speaking out loud and letting the system translate what you said, or using a standard canned response, such as: “Driving now. Will text when I am able.” Many people will pick up their phone while driving to read and respond to texts, which is unsafe and could get you a ticket only dismissible by taking traffic school. This system helps you to keep your eyes and focus on the road, while still receiving texted information that you may need.
Bluetooth in a car allows you to do many different things that were simply not possible before. It makes your life easier and can make driving just a bit safer. As technology continues to progress, it is likely you will be able to do more and more using Bluetooth in your car. But for now, learning what you can do can help you maximize your use of this cool technological innovation.