Smartphones connect consumers to all facets of their lives, but in the future the vehicle will become the central link.
Today's phones gather data from apps and search histories. But someday soon vehicles will collect all that and more, including real-time data about miles traveled, location (even terrain), the number of passengers and, naturally, the habits and preferences of each passenger.
The pod — it will probably be a self-driving, entertainment-laden vehicle without a steering wheel — will be so connected that it will offer coupons as I pass a coffee shop or pizza parlor and alert me if I left the oven on or a door unlocked at home.
When I pause a movie at home and hop in the vehicle to meet friends for dinner, it will ask if I want to resume the movie where I left off — sponsored by a restaurant similar to the one I'm heading to, of course.