Techwatch: Dec. 1, 1997

MY CAR IS SMARTER THAN YOUR CAR

Dashboard navigation systems may be all the rage right now, but they're just a hint of what the wired car of the future will do. Last week IBM unveiled a "Network Vehicle" that can read E-mail aloud, find local hotels and restaurants and deliver both TV programming and full Internet access. But don't trade in that Lexus just yet: these dream machines won't hit the road for at least five years.

1 An antenna built into the roof provides crystal-clear satellite-TV reception (with up to 200 channels) and high-speed Internet access.

2 A heads-up...

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