Microsoft has dabbled with in-car infotainment systems in the past, such as the Ford Sync, Kia Uvo and the Fiat Blue&Me. All of this is thanks to the Microsoft Connected Car team and their Windows Embedded Automotive platform. However it seems thanks to a job listing spotted on Microsoft’s website, the team could be looking at taking it to the next level with the integration of a variety of Microsoft’s products, i.e. Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Kinect, Bing, etc.
“Yet our ambitions do not end there. For the next generation of the Connected Car Platform, we plan to leverage the full power of the Microsoft ecosystem including Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Live, Bing, Azure, and Tellme. The combination of rich local sensing, user identification, cloud access, and data mining will transform tomorrow’s cars from passive objects into intelligent assistants for both the driver and their passengers. The new Connected Car will know its riders, and will interact with them naturally via speech, gestures, and face tracking. It will learn their habits, and offer personalized contextual information and driving assists to get them to their destination as quickly and safely as possible. Through a growing catalogue of applications, it will inform and entertain them, and keep them connected with the people and information they care about. The possibilities are endless.”
We’re not sure if using gestures while driving is such a great or safe idea, but the idea of facial and voice recognition to perform tasks does sound like a pretty cool idea. Plus the fact that Windows is the dominant operating system for computers at the moment, we wouldn’t be surprised if we would be able to sync our computers with our cars in the future, i.e. provide music streaming from our home PC to our cars and etc. So, what do you guys think?
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