Always On: Driving the connected cars of the future
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Always On: Driving the connected cars of the future

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From 4G, and WiFi connectivity, to infotainment, and cloud apps, cars are getting smarter and and more teched out. CNET's Molly Wood visits GM and Ford and gets hands on demos of how cars will connect to the Internet in the future.

Okay so I'm just gonna go for a little Mike Pratt and trying to get it back -- I know you're thinking what is riding a bike have to do with the connected car. We'll see that car behind me getting closer and closer the driver is able to detect my mobile phone using Wi-Fi built into the vehicles simplistic. And that warning may have just prevented me from getting -- It's just one of many car technology being developed here in the motor city. GM has also decked out in Chevy Volt with Ford GL TE connectivity think of it as a high speed -- wireless broadband hot spot on wheels. Where devices are integrated and they share all kinds of information. The four GLT bandwidth allows us to do a whole lot more than you're really looking for so each of these screens represents one screens and it -- every right so the screen in the middle is this particular screen here. The -- on the sides represented two tablets we've brought into the vehicle so I can take Angry Birds and move Angry Birds right over to this application. Now it's playing in the back and I can take YouTube over here and give the complete -- control to. The rear seat. Then go crazy and and whether that's playing video games imagine if you're -- kid sitting back there how happy -- beer and a floor watching cat videos on YouTube. Now get a test out one of the most promising elements of high speed -- -- Internet and a car. A video call from the backseat I have Skype loaded up -- and a caller interns back in San Francisco. -- hey -- way of put the old logo on the back as best -- -- hair driving fast car to really plan. We get here -- to get our studio Macs but this is pretty good video quality -- a good -- and give back to Eric. -- -- The strongest trends in in car entertainment is making the in car systems -- more like Smartphones or interfaces that -- are easy. Big touch screens increasingly capacity and displays and of course the ability to bring your own media and a much more seamless -- Be it music personal photos even home movies. -- -- engineers are working on ways to analyze your driving patterns and then helps you drive and a more energy efficient way we -- -- one of their plug in hybrid research vehicles for a test drive we've decided parking lots around our campus that's green zones and as a drug gonna see the continental the engine on and off. The green zones are areas that are recommended for driving an all electric mode vs gas -- Say when you're near home or school -- to enter the parking lot. But area here who -- You're gonna see them all the caller -- Visit -- find bad -- -- not yet I. And -- electric. And you can -- -- on the map to that our end and bring down the car can also store your driving habits in the cloud. And through predictive software show you a better route the next time you drive. It seems inevitable that our -- will -- -- -- -- four G enabled so you can do things like manager home's energy from your car or get an alert if there's another vehicle nearby. My -- yeah it's all amazing the blending of Internet connectivity with our cars I for one cannot complete. How.

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