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Workplace Trends: Trick My Work Truck

National Public Radio reports that employees of the future will be working from their cars. Wait a second: The future? Doesn't anyone at NPR ever watch the Bravo network?

Everyone on every Bravo show is always on the phone, driving somewhere too fast while yelling at someone on speakerphone as they ramp up their cat couture business or whatever. Working en route is on like Donkey Kong in real life, too, and has been for quite awhile. On any given day, you might be making a (hands-free) work call from your sweet ride with the two car seats in back that will be there until your kids reach either 6 feet or 170 pounds under current state law, and how can crumbs and broken toy parts be scattered all over the floor again? You just vacuumed!

We don't have time to answer these questions because working from our cars is going upscale, and how! Car makers are catching onto our obsessive mobile tendencies by creating the next generation of work trucks:

"This is the biggest tool in their toolbox," says Bob Hegbloom, director of the Ram truck brand.

The trucks his company is showing off at the L.A. Auto Show offer not just the traditional functions of a truck — towing, hauling or the ability to bring a crew to a job site. Now, these trucks can function as an outright office.

In the center console of the high-end Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn, there's a media hub where you can charge an iPad or a laptop. The truck has a touch screen to access your media while parked or driving. There's a USB port and an SD card slot. You can even turn the truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

If a truck isn't your thing, Bentley is rolling out the 2013 Mulsanne, which will allow mobile employees to conduct video conferences, work from laptops in the back seat, install a hard drive in the trunk, and store drinks in a refrigerator. The 2013 Mulsanne is perfect for the Wall Street day trader in your life who presumably won't bat an eye at the $296,000 base model price tag. Here's a video primer.

Whatever you do, don't drive yourself insane by dreaming of what could be. You can always make room between the car seats for your accordion files and a small drink cooler. Just fold in the drink holders on the kids' car seats to create extra space. See? It's all good.

Now back that thing up to a Wi-Fi hot spot, or to a high-powered vacuum at the gas station. I hope you remembered to bring quarters this time. Remember to back up your data while you're at it, too.


  1. Thanks for sharing this information about trucks. I was amazed about that. I hope that I can have my own truck soon because I was working in a heavy hauling company and I have a lot of experienced on on that kind of job.

    All About Heavy Hauling


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