Microsoft integrates the latest computer technology in cars
Microsoft presents its new concept cars that will demonstrate how Microsoft is applying its ?Connected Car? to daily life with different applications, services and technologies available for both drivers and passengers. The models chosen to carry out these tests have been a Hummer H2, a Cadillac CTS and a BMW X5.
In these prototypes, Microsoft has integrated all kinds of cutting-edge technologies: digital maps, mobile phones, PDAs, maintenance systems that will inform us of the amount of fuel or the state of the engine, etc.
These cars are backed by Windows Automotive Technology, which offers the following features:
– Advanced speed technology: Thanks to this technology, the driver will be informed by voice of traffic information, can make calls, play music, etc.
– PDA and phone integration: Through Bluetooth technology we can connect any mobile device that integrates this technology (mobile phones, PDAs, etc.) to the car in order to make the most of the capabilities of these devices.
– Web services: The driver will be able to be informed about any traffic jam, receive the latest headlines or locate the nearest and/or cheapest service station through the MSN Autos network using personalized Internet access through voice.
– Custom Navigation: Thanks to the GPS system and MapPoint technology, the driver will be able to find any part of the city without the risk of getting lost.
– Remote diagnosis: The driver will be able to be informed of any problems with the car and receive maintenance updates, thus improving the life and performance of the vehicle.
Microsoft is currently working with numerous manufacturers around the world to put its technology into production. Currently, brands such as BMW, Citroën, Clarion Co. Ltd., DaimlerChrysler, Fiat, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, NexTech, Toyota and Volvo already integrate this technology in some of their latest models.