The car of the future is here, and it does so much more than you imagined.
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Three vehicles that will have you driving on the cutting edge of automotive technology.
Packed into this 420-horsepower sedan’s sexy compound curves are two uniquely cool gadgets. The optional Forest Air system filters the air and varies its speed from the vents, so it feels like a natural breeze, not a cold front. The $57,550 M56 is more agile, too, thanks to four-wheel steering and optional Active Trace Control, which keeps you out of the trees if you enter a corner————————————————————————-faster than is safe.
————————————————————————-Best for: The stylish speed demon.
The largest luxo-sedans are where most automotive tech debuts, and as the newest on the block, the A8 brings a few innovative toys to the table. A laptop-style touch pad on the console lets you enter GPS destinations by writing in addresses with your fingertip. Opt for the 3G data connection, and you¹ll be able to search Google via the A8′s interface, as well as turn the car into a rolling WiFi hotspot.
Best for: The always-on executive.
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The Blue Oval’s overhauled SUV bases at $28,190 but comes with impressively advanced tech. Ford’s MyTouch/Sync combination is still the gold standard for in-dash infotainment systems, now upgraded to recognize 10,000 relatively natural voice commands and play Pandora through your smartphone. You can also upload directions to the system from the Google Maps website.
Best for: The adventuring family man.
PHOTO CREDITS (FROM TOP): COURTESY FORD MOTOR: COURTESY AUDI; COURTESY NISSAN
This article originally appeared in the October 2010 issue of Men’s Journal.