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The road ahead for busy mums could be a little less hectic, with your car of the future being able to provide extra assistance and even empathy in the form of a personal assistant. The system will work by reading your tone of voice and facial expressions to cheer you up, offer advice, remind you that you’re running low on nappies and keep you alert on long drives. “Voice commands like ‘I’m hungry’ to find a restaurant, and ‘I need coffee’, have already brought Ford’s in-car connectivity system, SYNC 3, into personal assistant territory,” says Mareike Sauer, voice control engineer at Ford of Europe. Cloud-based voice control is anticipated to be available in 75 per cent of new cars by 2022, and it is predicted that future systems will evolve into personal assistants that shuffle appointments and order takeaway when you’re held up in traffic.