NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Where has the majority of the innovation in the auto industry been centered in the last couple of years? Ask yourself if all of this sounds familiar from reading Car & Driver magazine, attending glitzy auto shows, or listening to a slick pitch from a car salesman.
Infotainment system: Ford (F) led the infotainment movement with its Sync system from Microsoft (MSFT), but now the likes of Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM) have installed larger touchscreens in the center consoles that are helping to control life while navigating the urban jungle. Soon, you will be able to order Dominos (DPZ) pizza from a Ford sync system, as seen here. I expect on-demand ordering via the car, and autos that are connected to one another, to be waiting in the wings.
Exterior: If you were to carefully look at the newest models shown at the recent New York International Auto Show or Beijing Auto Show, the exteriors have more holes to bring air into the car to keep it cool. Combined with weight reduction initiatives, automakers continue to find interesting ways to boost fuel economy.
Creature comforts: Taking a page from Apple's (APPL) playbook, automakers are paying greater attention to the driver experience inside the car. From heated steering wheels to well-placed cupholders to video screens that alert, to runaway shopping carts, cars are better able to adapt to the driver's needs and the curveballs thrown from the outside environment during a trek to work.