Matt up: trend connection is a car without wheels

Faraday Future FF 91 E interior

If you look at the screens, who is driving?

Faraday Future is the latest firm to push the car as a digital playground, but we've got all the technology we need on our phones

Do you feel that you need a third online living space? You'll have a home and a job already - if you're not in education or retirement, you're in luck - and soon you'll be able to offer a similar seat in your car, according to Faraday's future electric vehicle launch.

I say launch, Faraday's future has been around since 2014, but this week we saw the interior of his FF91, said to go on sale next year. It's the innards of the FF91 that should become that third space, Faraday of the future thinks. “Smart TV was first introduced in 2013 and has changed the way we accessed digital content at home,” he says. “Faraday's mission of the future is to change the concept of digital life when we are in our cars.”

To do this, the car gets 11 screens inside, of various sizes. The 10 small screens include digital instruments and rear view 'mirrors'; the main one is 27 inches with HD channels built into the roof.

The seats recline to put occupants in a position NASA believes one naturally transitions through weightlessness, so it's meant to be ultra-relaxing. Sign me up for an exciting exploration of the smaller surface area inside my eyelids, in that case, but whether I'm respite or browsing/viewing, there's one thing I definitely can't do, and that's driving.

Which means one of two things. Either I am a passenger, in which case the 27-inch high-definition screen should be invisible to the person who is driving. Or no one is driving, in which case the car is driving itself. Which will never happen next year. Or in a year. Or, depending on the kind of roads involved and the weather and other road users, for those who know how long.

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The FF91 is not alone in wanting to give its passengers even more connectivity. Startups and established automakers are all into this idea to gather an ever-increasing connection with their funds. More convenience. Making the car more like your home or office.

That there are two things to remember. First, there aren't as many separate spaces out there as any digital space; because thanks to smartphones, tablets or hybrids of them, our entire world is a digital space. Whether we are in the car, shop, pub, train, home, office, bathroom or on a walk, if we want to be connected, then maybe. Beyond that on the M40 where the radio signal drops out.

Secondly, if you're driving, you can't do anything other than drive plus, talk and listen, where's something car audio or phones let's do for decades. Increasingly related is the mobility-provider theme. But when you have your digital life in the palm of your hand already, it's hard to see that you need more than a stand to put it on.

More SUVs should be furious if that's your thing. The Aston Martin DBX hasn't been shown in production form and the Mercedes GLS has appeared in the new Maybach in a trim that might be tricky for some European eyes, though apparently it will make its way into China as well.

I struggle to get carried away with big SUVs. I love sports cars, they have everyday car abilities, most of which are useful, unlike sports cars, and I also like these useless things. And I would have thought more DBXs would be pulled by stalls than Lamborghini Aventadors would see 200 mph. No one denies that they really look like conspicuous consumption, although, which is not very 2019. And fashion, by definition, is fickle.

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