STOP a young person in the street today and tell them that once upon a time to make a telephone call away from home you needed to go into a small box reeking of stale cigarettes with a handful of change and they will immediately be on their smartphone to the police funny strangers hotline.
The idea that at any point we are not connected to cyberia either to chat, gather news or play games is totally alien.
I well remember sitting in a presentation on how the world of newspapers was going to be. People would sit on the bus and access news broadcast across the ether to electronic pages.
And so it came to pass that should you get on the right sort of train two things will happen. It will arrive more or less on time and on your tablet you will be able to reads all the newspapers you desire and enjoy other sites some which may well have people sat around you also ringing police hotlines.
And so it is with cars.With ABS, as it came to be known, you could slam on in the frost without ending up seriously dead. Today we would no more tolerate a model withoutit than we would one without electric windows.
And so we come to the Peugeot 3008
Had Arthur C Clarke had wanted to write a car into his 2001 trilogy this Peugeot SUV would have been it.
It is a masterpiece of technical wizardry blended with comfort and style.
From the outside lines are sleek and classy although not everyone will seek out the Peugeot signature paintwork option which mates a black rear with coloured forward two thirds.
With a price range starting at £21,795 for the 1.2 Pure Tech petrol and rising to £32,995 for the fully luxuriated two-litre Blue HDI auto the 3008 covers all, the trim and equipment bases on the way, at all stages selling itself on a high-tech cabin which the French maker calls its i-Cockpit.
The concept features a compact and exceptionally user-friendly flat-topped steering wheel, eight-inch touch screen and 12-inche heads-up instrument unit which can be configured and personalised to each driver.
But here's the thing, rather than needing to stab about at a screen to select functions there is a keyboard-style array of toggle switches. On a pitch-black moorland route, in a smooth 1.6 auto HDI, the idea worked perfectly well.
The system can be set up to give two driving modes, Boost and relax and there is even a choice of three cabin fragrances.
And the kids will love to know that smart phone sat nav connects through the touch screen.
Technical advances continue with distance alert and active safety braking with identifies other vehicles and pedestrian in the road.
Smart money is going on the 1.2-litre petrol engine but it was unavailable at launch so patience must remain a virtue. There is a super-quiet 1.6 163bhp petrol which in GT Line spec, the better equipped range-topping GT only comes in two-litre diesel form, has all the kit you could wish for short of leather seats at £28,000.
There are two diesels, a 1.6 118 or 99bhp and two-litre with either 148 or 178bhp. Around 55mpg is claimed for the petrols and up to 67mpg for the smaller diesel but that leaves you with sluggish 13 seconds to 62mph performance. Quickest are the 1.6 petrol and larger diesel at 8.9 seconds.
The more powerful petrol is smooth and refined coming in automatic form only as is the case with the 1.6 diesel.
Ride quality is good, even with 19in wheels. Be aware, however, that choosing thenot quite 4x4 grip system brings with it all-weather tyres which take away some of refinement. If you get a little enthusiastic bends are stress-free.
This may be a work of technical art, it may be swish and have a cockpit to rival the very best but first and foremost it is a family car and so practicality and economy counts. No failings there if you get close to the consumption figures.
3008, Peugeot's very own space odyssey.