The list of 100 top inventions includes devices for hearing and seeing, navigating and learning.
More than a quarter (27%) of the spending will be the remote purchase of physical goods, according to a new forecast by Juniper Research.
They would consider abandoning a favorite automaker or vehicle to get the latest smart technology, according to a study by GfK.
That figure accounts for slightly more than 40% of VW's investments in property, plant and equipment and all research and development costs.
Gartner also sheds some light on the potential future cost of an autonomous vehicle: $300,000 to $400,000 each.
Thanks to smartwatches and fitness bands, the wearables market marches on. More than half of U.S. adults who know about wearables now own at least one of the devices.
Voice Order, announced earlier this year, gives Walmart customers the option to add items to their online grocery cart by saying the words.
Millennial parents would consider a range of high-tech treatments for the health and wellness of their children, depending on where they live. A majority (52%) of U.S. parents and 60% of U.K. parents would be very comfortable allowing a properly tested, fully functional 3D printed heart to be implanted in their child in the future.
The Caper Smart Cart, from New York-based Caper, includes an interactive screen and autonomous checkout technology.
Tech devices are the hot items for holiday shoppers. About half (49%) the U.S. population plans to shop during Black Friday week (Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday) and 82% of those shoppers plan to purchase tech devices and accessories.