Microsoft Shows Off Connected Concept Cars
Windows Automotive platform provides cell-phone integration, Web services and speech support.LAS VEGASMicrosoft Corp.s been talking up the idea of the "Connected Car" for a couple of years now. But this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here, the company actually had real cars to show off that are running its latest Windows Automotive software. Microsoft launched
The Windows Automotive platform that has undergone a couple of name changes since Microsoft first launched it in 1998. (It originally was known as "AutoPC" and later as "CE for Automotive.") The platform is the base upon which Microsoft is building its complete "Connected Car" strategy. Windows Automotive is not designed to power cars. Instead, it controls less mission-critical functions, like navigation, on-board e-mail, audio/visual entertainment and the like.