The smart car has been making small steps toward becoming a reality over the past several years, as companies like General Motors rolled out its OnStar system. It's essentially a computer in your car that lets you communicate with the outside world.
But, soon, more advanced smart cars will be just about everywhere. You'll be able to use your Android smartphone or Apple iPhone to control functions in your car, like calling roadside assistance, streaming music from your phone into your car, having directions displayed on an onboard display, making hands-free phone calls and much more.
Ford just announced that all its 2017 models with its Sync 3 system will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple's Apple CarPlay. It's making that announcement at this weekend's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Ford is already making apps like AAA and the travel app Cityseeker available. There are 15 million Fords with Sync installed now the road. Ford expects that to increase to 43 million by 2020.