You're going to be hearing a lot about connected cars the next few days. And the rest of your life.
Connected cars are taking the functionality of your computer and smartphone and embedding them into your car. You'll be able to make hands-free phone calls, ask your voice-activated assistant to make a reservation at a nearby restaurant, connect with roadside assistance and much more.
That much more could include Microsoft applications, like making video calls with Skype, listening to your Outlook emails, or inputting Calendar entries. Although, don't rule out working on Word documents or PowerPoint presentations, if you're a passenger in your self-driving car.
This week, leading up to this weekend's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a lot of companies are announcing new smart-car apps. That includes Microsoft, which is partnering with Harman, to install some of its programs into cars.
You remember Harman's in-car navigation systems. It makes smart-car apps, like its pupil-based monitoring system, which can tell if you're distracted. It also sells sound systems, like Voyager Drive speakers, which you can listen to in your car or take out to listen to them no matter where you go.