If Russell Anderson had his way, future cars would be privy to prevailing traffic conditions and automatically divert to the nearest train station to avoid a jam while it buys train tickets for its passengers and reserves a parking space so precious time is not wasted.

“The future is about more intelligent cars that will be intuitive,” says the 40-year-old Brit managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific Importers (JLR). “We have the necessary technology, but it’s not integrated right now.”

That future may not be too far off. With various JLR innovative concepts such as an augmented reality transparent bonnet to see potholes and terrain changes ahead and an intelligent windscreen that displays optimum racing paths and braking guidance for racers announced over the past few months, a smarter automobile may just be around the corner.

“Imagine you’re at JLR’s factory in Warwickshire, England and you want to get to London. You won’t even have to programme the car’s navigation system because you already have it scheduled on your smartphone’s calendar which is synced to your car,” Anderson describes.

We already have technology like GPS apps, traffic updates on the radio and online booking services, but they need to be put together so that a car ride is more than just taking one from point A to B; it becomes an integrated experience, he adds.

In order to build the quintessential automobile, carmakers will have to foresee yet unknown requirements of its customers. Anderson explains: “Look at how much technology has changed in the last five years. Consumers won’t be replacing a car after a few months like they do a smartphone. A car is going to have to last you several years.”

Watch this space. The intelligent car that could change our lives might just be announced tomorrow.