In-depth review of this all-in-one driving safety device
BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive 10" Wireless CarPlay & Android Auto Display & Dash Cam
Let’s start with an interesting fact. Did you know that the average car on North American roads is 14 years old? This means that there are many vehicles that lack an entertainment system, Bluetooth, or even a radio!
Nowadays, we're seeing more powerful hands-free systems incorporated directly into some of the more expensive cars, with features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto providing smooth access to things like Spotify, Google Maps, Messages, and more.
While some drivers have brought their cars to a car audio shop and gotten a new head unit built into their car, which can cost you anywhere between $200-$400 just on the labour alone. This process is very intrusive, and unfortunately, many cars are not able to do this.
And this is where the all-new BlackboxMyCar 10” SmartDrive Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto Display comes into play. In this article, we will introduce and review this new accessory designed to elevate your driving experience to a whole new level, and help all vehicles make the most of modern technology.
Reasons to get the BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive Display
BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive Design
Whether it’s helping you ease into backup parking, jamming to wireless music, helping with navigation, or watching a movie with the kids on the display, the SmartDrive has you covered.
Launched in November 2023, the BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive is a 10-inch crisp HD display that can be connected to your vehicle’s systems to add different features. It’s a touch-screen for browsing menus, watching movies, or utilizing navigation apps.
For the cables, the SmartDrive display comes with a USB-C Cigarette Lighter Power Cable, offering a smooth and efficient plug-and-play solution. It also includes a Monitor Base and adhesive Mount for easy mounting of the ten-inch display, right on your dashboard.
Over the years, we’ve had a ton of customers ask us about backup camera options, and that’s why we’ve included this wired rear backup camera! This is an optional upgrade, and can be a little tricky for wiring from the front to the rear, but it can be an invaluable addition to parking and maneuvering in tight spaces, which is great for eliminating blind spots.
BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive User Interface
Apart from making sure that the functions and features are easy to use and understand, we also ensured that it’s quick and responsive. For its User Interface, the BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive consists of various functions accessible through its touchscreen. You can adjust the device's settings, display, volume and audio output options, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and Bluetooth music.
Moreover, the BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive has full support for various apps, from full mapping data through Google Maps, hands-free messaging and calls, and compatibility with your favourite music streaming sources such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. Even better, you won’t even need to download any of these apps, they’ll show up on the display once you pair it with your phone!
Pairing is convenient through the built-in Carplay and Android Auto. Once paired, the display will function in the same seamless way as advanced carplay systems, automatically pairing with your phone through Bluetooth once you enter the vehicle.
For those who love to drive with music, or simply want to turn on the radio while hitting the road, the BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive also features an FM Transmitter for broadcasting audio as a radio signal, and an AUX cable for an AUX connection. If your vehicle speakers already have Bluetooth speakers, it can pair with those too.
Note: Android Auto supports both wired and wireless connections, while Apple CarPlay exclusively supports wireless connectivity.
BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive Dual-Channel Backup Dash Cam
Most BMW fuseboxes, while not all, are not as easily accessible as your average vehicle. Instead of being up at the front of the vehicle, they are located in the rear of the trunk. Even if there is a fusebox in the front of the vehicle, it is unlikely that it will have both the constant, and ACC(Ignition-based) connection required for the hardwire installation.
To properly hardwire the camera, you’ll need to run the cable all the way from that rear fusebox in the trunk to the camera on the front windshield. While some dash cams are mounted in a way that allows professional installers to accomplish this with the stock hardwiring kit, many vehicles or camera models will need an extended wire to cover the distance.
BMWs, like other European car models, have very thin panelling, making wiring more difficult, especially when combined with how far the cable must be run from the trunk. Camera models with thick cabling, such as Viofo, are not ideal for wiring into BMWs. Unsure how to run the cables through the vehicle? Check out our BMW guides here.
BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive Convenience Features
Just like how long its name is, the BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive 10" Wireless CarPlay & Android Auto Display also boasts a long list of jam-packed features. The BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive is also equipped with Wi-Fi, which can be used to review dash cam footage, same as standard dash cams.
Like any other Dash Cam, that portion of the SmartDrive will not work without the micro SD card. Plus, you can download music and movies to the SD card, for viewing later over the display. The good news is that every package comes with a 64GB micro SD card for storage, although if you wish to upgrade it, it can support memory cards up to 256GB.
Moreover, the SmartDrive is also equipped with a built-in Mic and speaker for capturing and broadcasting audio. Plus, it has Voice Controls that can assist you in performing simple operations, such as turn off and on the display, and show the front and rear cameras.
Beyond those features, the SmartDrive also has Screen Mirroring functions and Android Cast, which allow you to stream media from your phone, like movies, directly to the display.
Our Final Thoughts
The BlackboxMyCar SmartDrive 10" Wireless CarPlay & Android Auto Display is our newest solution for on-the-road convenience, specially designed for those who are looking for the ease of having wireless mobile connectivity, full entertainment with wide range of apps, and dash cam protection, all pre-setup in one device.
We are proud to say that this is our testament to the community of drivers and car owners who want to stay connected and safe, without having to spend thousands of dollars to have all the accessories built in their cars. For as low as $189.99 USD, you can have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, music and movie streaming, mobile connections, and a dash cam – plus a backup camera as well. Can you imagine how big your savings can be?
And for some more good news, we are running a launch special until December 31st with code CARPLAY for $30 off, so click on the button below to shop the SmartDrive Display now!