Cars and the technology that keeps them going has been morphing since the very beginning, but in these days it's especially fascinating to see how vehicles are being built to encompass today's "it" piece of technology: the smartphone. Check out what's to come (or what might already be here) in the world of car tech trends.
I. This summer, General Motors will release their 2013 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, both of which can include "GoGo Link" - a $50 GPS app for your smartphone that will project navigation systems onto a dashboard touch screen.
II. At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Ford introduced a Sync AppLink-enabled National Public Radio app that allows NPR fans to listen to shows on demand and create playlists.
III. mbrace2, Mercedes Benz's "most comprehensive Cloud-based telematics system to date," brings together safety, infotainment, vehicle care and personal technology and makes them all accessible by computers and smart phones.
IV. The German automobile maker Audi presented a new modular central vehicle computer at CES, providing easy hardware updates so passengers can stay up-to-date with the latest voice control, media, navigation and telephony technologies. Designs also included wireless portable device charging and a gesture-controlled head-up windshield display with individual screens for the driver and passenger.
Sources: edmunds.com, sci-tech today.com; mbusa.com; worldcarfans.com