A Techie's Guide to Next Year's Models
The savviest new cars synch with your smartphone to let you access a compelling combo of practical information (navigation, safety, fuel economy) and all-out entertainment (soundtracks, search engines, social networks). Call them the ultimate mobile hotspots.
Car System: Audi Connect
Models: 2012 A6, A7, A8, and Q7
Connection: Uses Bluetooth to stream audio wirelessly from all smartphones.
Features: The internal T-Mobile data plan gets up to eight Wi-Fi devices online, and a console dial puts Google searches, 3-D maps, and real-time traffic data at your fingertips.