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Bike Racks, Cargo Bars, Pet Travel Gear & Electronic Organizers – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Ziggy Stardust AKA David Bowie

Try as we may, we are powerless to resist the seductive force of Ziggy Stardust’s screwed-up eyes and screwed-down hairdo. Same goes for the 11 new products from Heininger Automotive that landed on our site last night:

  • CommuteMate CellCup – It’s the cellphone organizer that uses your cupholder.  Hopefully you have more than one cup holder, otherwise you gotta figure out what to do with your 128 oz. Double Gulp.
  • CommuteMate NavCup GPS Holder – It holds your GPS on your dash and sits as a constant reminder of your inability to just ask the guy at the gas station for directions to Dairy Queen.
  • Advantage BedRack Truck Bike Rack – It’s like the bike rack at your old elementary school, only mounted in your truck’s bed and not the locus of after school bullying.
  • Advantage GlideAway Bike Rack – It pulls back like the bellows of an accordion, giving you quick access to your cargo area and conjuring up hard-to-shake images of Weird Al Yankovic.
  • Advantage V Rack Bike Rack – This 2-Bike Rack mounts between your receiver hitch and your trailer (or tow bar). Huzzah!
  • PortablePET FoodTote – It’s a kibble holder, water canteen and bowls all in one sleek container that looks like it belongs in Dr. Mario.
  • PortablePET LunchBox – In the posh Tokyo neighborhood of Azabu, they call it the PortablePET Bento.
  • PortablePET Pet Partition – Ideal for keeping your pooch safely confined in your cargo area, or for making a citizen’s arrest.
  • PortablePET WaterBoy – Its spill-proof lid tells you that the soggy spot in your backseat isn’t water.
  • HitchMate Cargo Bar – The bucket is not the issue here. Dude, I’m talking about drawing a line in the sand. The cargo bar draws the line, and your cargo does not slide.
  • PortablePET PupHut – The best way to shade the fuzzy friend who’s riding in your truck bed—be it your dog or your cousin Lyle.

Phantom Alert Lets You Avoid Speed Traps


It looks like some pretty smart guys have put together a Point-of-Interest alert system that lets you know when you’re approaching a photo-red-light camera or speed trap.  The system harnesses the power of it’s users, which could be both its strength or its Achilles heel.  It works by users updating a Google Maps based system with information about the speed trap/camera; location, intersection and the speed limit for the road are all recorded by Phantom Alert.  You can then sync your GPS device with Phantom Alert’s database to have up-to-date information about the speed traps around you.  When you are approaching a speed trap or camera, your GPS device will beep to alert you of the impending ticket, hopefully saving you from insurance rate hikes and costly tickets.  The only downside is that this is a subscription service, but the cost is $40/year or you can make a $99 Lifetime Purchase, so the price seems pretty reasonable if it saves you from one or more tickets.  Hit the jump to check out the video!

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