DETROIT -

Many of us can't live without the apps on our smartphones.

We use them to stream music, check news and for social media. But we can't use them safely while driving. Now Chevrolet and Ford are finding innovative ways to bring these apps into our car where we can control them with our voice.

The Chevy Appshop allows you to download leading apps like the weather Channel, NPR, and I heart radio directly into your car for hands-free control.

You can monitor vehicle health and schedule a dealer service appointment.. A speedy 4G connection with a GM OnStar subscription -- price not announced -- creates a WiFi hot spot robust enough to provide the Internet to seven different mobile devices in the vehicle.

"Watching the progression from the I Spy game and getting everybody interactive in the car that way to having everybody looking at their own screens is going to be an interesting dynamic for the family road trip," said Stephanie Brinley, IHS automotive analyst.

The latest edition of Ford's Sync system allows you to control apps you already have on your iOS, Android or other phones, such as Spotify, Pandora, MLB At-Bat and USA Today, and integrates them into the car's system.

It will even read your tweets to you.