It’s 6 o’clock in Santa Clara and I inch onto a jammed Highway 101.

I like to call this my favorite drive, because I finish in my own garage, where my kids await. But tonight, as on most evenings, the commute is mostly slog.

The fancy wheels crawling alongside me are a far cry from the first car I called my own: way back when, I bought my aunt’s battered blue ʼ89 Camry with the dead radio, then drove it into the ground.

I may never own one of these Ferraris or Porsche 911s I see piloted by Silicon Valley’s best and brightest, but I appreciate great cars and great driving. And I’ve gotten a lot more interested in cars the past several years as cutting-edge software assumed a greater role in the driving experience.

As a technology guy dedicated to securing the new digital world, I want to enhance the drive. I want to inject safety, convenience and security without subtracting control, freedom or passion.

A wave of digital vehicle enhancements is about to break over us. Connected vehicles will become the norm. There are naturally risks to work on along with the benefits. But there is more for driving enthusiasts to cheer here than you’d think from reading the news.