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Over the past few years car makers have been desperately searching for car technology that will let you relax while the car practically drives itself. Big names like Microsoft and Google are jumping on the bandwagon, but one company that carries a history of innovation is noticeably missing - Apple. Larry Dignan has more.
Here's one car of the future by Italian designer Liviu Tudoran who designed an Apple-inspired electric car for 2020. The exterior would be made up of solar panels. We'd hope that the real company does a little better.
The following gallery shows some of the new concepts in telematics.
Without doing much of anything Apple has made an impact in car entertainment. For example, BMW offers a plug, located in the glove compartment, that will hook up an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or iPod Touch (second or third generation) directly into the vehicle's audio system.
For years, many an iPhone or iPod user has had all kinds of wires dangling from their dashboards.