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FROM STUTTGART TO DETROIT TO TOKYO, THEY'RE WORKING ON THE CAR OF TOMORROW. HERE'S WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE ROAD.
By Andrew Tilin

(Business 2.0) – The first thing you'll notice is the shape. That's about aerodynamics, which in turn is about keeping you from subsidizing the lifestyle of some oil sheikh. Inside your new ride, things are also a bit different. Check out the USB jack in the stereo. There's a broadband router in the glove box too. That dial on the dashboard? That's so you can switch from tire-screeching power mode to tell-Grandma-we're-coming fuel-economy mode. Hey, watch out for that car up ahead! No worries--your radar system already spotted it and hit the brakes for you.

What year is this? Nope, not 2020. More like '07, maybe '08. All of these features--and plenty of others--are already in development and set to roll out in the next couple of years. Want to find out more? Read on.