Useful Gadgets in Cars

Oscar Wilde famously proclaimed that he could "resist anything but temptation." Our top ten car gadgets will make committed Wildeans of even the most conservative-minded.

10. Cupholders: warm and chilled

Sip hot coffee throughout the morning drive to work or slug back a chilled soda at leisure with heated and cooled cupholders, which keep drinks at exactly the temperature they're meant to be.

9. Top-branded sound systems

The sumptuous sounds of Bose, Bang & Olufsen, Harmon Kardon, JBL, Panasonic, Mark Levinson and Infinity can now be enjoyed while driving, as each of these manufacturers have developed premium in-car sound systems.

8. Lane departure warning

Lapses in concentration can be averted thanks to Citroën's new "lane departure warning system", which uses speed sensors and a small camera to detect if the car is wandering. Drivers are alerted by a seat vibrator, a buzzer or a visual cue.

7.Bluetooth connectivity

Bluetooth technology allows drivers to make and receive calls without setting a single finger on a handset. Voice control permits new contacts to be added and calls to be made without once shifting one's gaze from the road.

6. iPod connectors

The days of fumbling for scratched CDs on that long drive to work are over. iPod connectors enable drivers to select playlists or sift through tracks via the vehicle's audio controls, many of which are mounted on steering wheels for safety.

5. Media storage

Keep passengers entertained with pictures while listening to anything from iTunes with an in-car, USB-loaded hard drive. Available in Mercedes Benz S-Class models and the Jeep Wrangler.

4.Real-Time Traffic Data

Acura and BMW models are already coming equipped with technology displaying real-time traffic information. But watch out for integral sat-navs that not only know exactly where the traffic problems are but calculate the best diversions too.

3.Rear parking cameras

Who wants to lean out of the door to negotiate a tight spot when a rear-mounted camera shows exactly how much space is available on a dash-mounted screen? Now in the Toyota Sienna, Lexus ES 300, Honda Odyssey and Chevrolet Tahoe.

2. Remote Start

For frosty mornings, remote start technologies ignite the engine with a simple press on the key-fob's dedicated button and warm the car up. And thieves are thwarted – doors remain locked until the owner is ready.

1. Self-parking

This ingenious technology can be found in the Toyota Prius and the Lexus LS 460. Effectively, it enables the vehicle to park itself. Drivers just tap a few details onto a touchscreen and the car glides into traditional parking spaces or a parallel slot without a scrape.