TOKYO - The competition between automakers is moving far beyond incremental improvements in fuel economy and subtle design tweaks. These days, companies are dreaming up new technologies that will change automobiles as we know them, shake up industries and alter the way we live and work.
Nissan Motor envisions how you might interact with your car sometime in the 2020s: "You've had one high-calorie meal after another," the car informs you. "How about soba noodles for lunch?"
"Fine," you say. "Do you know any good restaurants?"
"There's one about five minutes from here. Do you want to go?"
Say "yes," and the self-driving vehicle will take you there. Along the way, you can use the in-car screen to check the weather or see what your friends are up to.
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