Stepping  into the cars of the near future at the Consumer Electronics Show and the Detroit auto show over the past few days, some familiar devices and apps could be seen embedded in dashboards, from iPads and BlackBerry PlayBooks to Pandora radio and Google Earth.

This week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at how the connected car is becoming a new frontier for tech companies as auto makers seek to outdo each other with the latest gadgetry. Read more