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AT&T, for one, is selling its single worldwide SIM cards directly to automakers for in-factory installation, allowing for connections wherever a vehicle is sold.
Mercedes-Benz became the first carmaker to offer in-car Facebook integration last January.
Audi (has) incorporated Google Earth in its cars, overlaying a bird's-eye satellite view of the surrounding terrain onto the old navigation screen.
Updatable software -- much like that of a desktop PC -- has made its way into autos. The systems can be upgraded wirelessly or via a USB key.
The Chevrolet MyLink system, for example, exists largely to import apps, maps, music, and contacts from an individual's handset.
Ford's Evos concept car, a glimpse of the future, has a program that monitors the driver's heart rate, watching for info overload.