It was every soccer mom's dream, or nightmare. In 2000, the Ford Windstar Solutions Concept envisioned a future where you could take your chores along for the ride, thanks to a built-in refrigerator, microwave oven, vacuum, trash compactor and washer/dryer. Thankfully, this collaboration with Maytag died on the vine, as did the Windstar itself a few years later, but that hasn't stopped automakers from incorporating some very homespun features into their vehicles.
While some companies focus on developing high-tech infotainment systems, the $125,000 Aston Martin Vantage comes with a Lamy pen built into the dashboard. Hey, you need something to write those monthly lease payments with.
Because it really couldn't think of anything more British to include, Rolls-Royce installs umbrellas into the doors of its Phantom and Ghost models. Hiring a driver named Jeeves is up to you.
That new car smell? Not good enough for Mercedes-Benz, which is offering an "active perfuming" system in its upcoming 2014 S-Class complete with a selection of scents. Whether you're in a Freeside, Nightlife, Downtown, or Sports mood, Benz has your back.
You can't get more pickup truck than the Mopar RamBox Holster option on Ram trucks that fits into a lockable bedside compartment and holds a pair of shotguns or rifles, or six fishing poles.
Fear not, soccer moms, you still may not be able to fluff and fold during the big game, but the HondaVac option on the 2014 Odyssey minivan will let you do a little cleaning while the kids get their exercise. The future is now, for better or worse.
All the comforts of home, and then some.