5 Coolest New Car Products and Trends
With more than one million square feet of exhibit space occupied by some 2,500 exhibitors, to say that there’s a lot to see at the annual gathering of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association in Las Vegas is a bit of an understatement.
It’s kind of like saying you might see a slot machine during the week of SEMA. Or a guy in an Elvis suit.
Beyond the metal flake, chrome, lift kits, and low riders generously spread around Las Vegas, it’s easy to spot trends at SEMA—products that weren’t even there last year and now seem to be popping up in booths all over the show. Here’s a look at five of the notable trends and products we saw this year.
Compact battery jump boxes
Emergency jump starters that can fit in a glove compartment are a growing category, with more suppliers entering the fray and existing makers broadening their product lines. We saw at least 25 of the miniature powerhouses at SEMA this year, all of which double as phone and laptop chargers. Companies claim that these small devices can hold a charge for months. Powerall, Weego, and Whistler are among the manufacturers now offering models in different sizes, capacities, and prices. Typical of the category, the new Whistler Mini Jump & Go is about the size of an iPhone 6, and it is priced at about $75.