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A Smart Car That Learns?

Senior consumer reporter and “Deal of Day” columnist Kelli B. Grant navigates the New York International Auto Show in search of the best, worst and coolest from automakers’ new lineups. Join her as she roams the exhibit floor Wednesday and Thursday before the show’s public opening on Friday, with dispatches here and on Twitter @kellibgrant

With more technology in cars, the next advancement may be vehicles capable of remembering that Driver A likes hip hop and the a/c on full blast, while Driver B requires her seat pushed further forward and a classical station on the radio.

Toyota’s new NS4 concept plug-in hybrid may be able to do exactly that. If it ever makes it to market. A spokesman says the vehicle may be available for a global debut by 2015. The details, he says, are “probably deliberately vague.”

So are the descriptions of what the car “learns.” (Even Toyota’s release puts that in quotes.) The so-called Human-Machine Interface  technology tracks driver preferences and actions to incorporate in the multimedia, navigation and other information controlled via the dashboard.

Although press materials list the NS4 as one of the show’s concept cars, it’s not currently on the show floor.A spokesman says the NS4, which debuted in Detroit, may be available for public viewing after the show opens Friday.


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