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The creator of the interior of Ford's Mercury Meta One concept car, Prozzi is a former fashion designer for Donna Karan. He's trying to apply that same sensibility to his current job--which is no less than to figure out how to merge the latest in technology with the more pedestrian habits of Ford drivers.

At the recently concluded New York International Auto Show, Prozzi showed off some of his latest thinking on the subject. With the Meta One concept car, he appointed the interior with three LCD screens for displaying gauges and navigation information and a fourth touch screen for controlling functions such as the radio. It's also got a cell phone-inspired wireless "key" for storing a person's screen orientation and other preferences.

CNET spoke with Prozzi about what he sees on the road ahead--especially as it concerns design issues and the pending marriage of cars and computers.

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