Over the past years many have been predicting various dramatic changes in the vehicle including automatic route guidance, the office in the vehicle, and the auto PC. There are a number of factors which need to come together before significant momentum can develop toward realizing any of these predictions. This paper enumerates these factors and explores the current state and possible evolution of each. While each of these factors could stall progress, the linchpin is likely to be wireless communication. The current state of wireless and its capabilities going forward are examined in depth.