Like most things in the 21st century, there is a newer and better models of everything every six months. Phones, golf clubs, computers, televisions and even cars upgrade quicker than you can make your first credit payment on them. And the scary thing is they are not bringing out completely new models. They are simply face-lifting existing models and adding on a fat chunk of money to the price.

After having attended a launch for the Parrot Asteroid range of in-car multimedia systems, we found a brilliant and more affordable way to upgrade your car, without downgrading your bank balance. The Asteroid range of products from Parrot is basically a complex and exciting in-car multimedia, multifunction system that allows you access to Bluetooth connectivity for your phone, a complete touch screen music and sound system and even satellite navigation.

Like most things in the 21st century, there is a newer and better models of everything every six months. Phones, golf clubs, computers, televisions and even cars upgrade quicker

They integrate the systems into your car’s existing spaces and functions allowing you a seamless transition from nothing, to connected in a matter of seconds. With the Asteroid Smart model, they integrate it into your dashboard so that it looks and fits like it belongs in your car. It works with the system controls on your steering wheel and allows you to connect USB devices, iPods and iPads, an assortment of mobile phones and so much more. You can connect the rear seat entertainment system for the kids to this system and even integrate a rear view camera onto your Parrot screen. The Asteroid Smart also allows you access to an android market where you can download apps that enable your device to do a whole manner of things.

What we found most exciting about this innovation was the fact that you can take your beloved car from three years old to brand new with a simple technological upgrade. Like adding a swimming pool to a house, the financial investment is worth the reward you get out of it at the end of the day. The prices range from R3,200 to R8,800 depending on the model you choose.