Microsoft and Ford Team Up In-Car Computing

Remember Microsoft's Blue&Me project with Fiat, the one that equipped select models with an in-car computer system with all kinds of connectivity functionality?

Well, we've learned from a source close to Microsoft's car-computer project that Microsoft and Ford are planning to announce the US availability of the system in 2007, no doubt with coinciding announcements at CES and the NAIAS (aka Detroit auto show).

We don't yet have all the details nailed down, but the system (currently dubbed Blue&Me, although we can't confirm that will be the US market name) will have cross-platform smartphone support (i.e. not just Windows Mobile) with Bluetooth, SAP (i.e. SIM Access Profile for contact downloads, voice dialing, etc.), and all the fixins.

No word yet on whether it'll support Sideshow, all the fun TBox stuff like GPS and car diags, or be available for non-Ford and/or aftermarket installs, but we'll all know more come CES.

News source: Engadget

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Blue&Me works ok, had a loaner while mine was in the shop for a few days and it had Blue&Me, basically allows you to in the one I had was to have upto 3 Bluetooth mobiles connect to the incar phone speaker and mic, MP3 CD player plus USB port for you to pop in a USB Pen drive or your Mp3 Player.

Mmm ok... So, if I'm driving and I get a CRITICAL ERROR I will die???...

Mmm or maybe if I get an update I will get a better car xD... Like a Ferrari (or maybe a Mustang GT)...

PD: I'm joking about it xD... It does not lack the one that not it note

dear gawd, I mean comon people how often do you see a blue screen anymore? I've seen them about 10 times over the past 5 years on about 200 systems we maintain... and that was because of failing hardware or bad 3rd party drivers! non of which are microsofts fault at all!

when i was reading this, i figured a bunch of "funny" people are going to be posting about getting a BSOD in their car... come on, be more creative.

If Microsoft Built Cars....

top 10 ways that life would be different if Microsoft built cars:

10. new seats would require everyone to have the same size butt.

9. we'd all have to switch to Microsoft gas ™.

8. the U.S. government would be getting subsidies from an auto
maker.... instead of giving them.

7. the oil, alternator, gas, and engine warning lights would be
replaced by a single "general protection car fault" warning light.

6. sun motor systems would make a car that was solar-powered, twice as
reliable, five times as fast, but would only run on 5% of the roads.

5. you would constantly be pressured to upgrade your car.

4. you could only have one person in your car at a time, unless you
bought car '95 or car nt; but then, you'd have to buy more seats.

3. occasionally, your car would just die for no reason, and you would
have to restart it. for some strange reason, you would just accept
this as normal.

2. every time the lines on the road were repainted, you'd have to buy
a new car.

And the number one way that life would be different if Microsoft built cars,

1. people would get excited about the new features in Microsoft cars,
forgetting completely that they had been available in other brands
for years. (hmmmm...)

Quote - aaa_121uk said @ #5
If Microsoft Built Cars....

top 10 ways that life would be different if Microsoft built cars:

10. new seats would require everyone to have the same size butt.

9. we'd all have to switch to Microsoft gas ™.

8. the U.S. government would be getting subsidies from an auto
maker.... instead of giving them.

7. the oil, alternator, gas, and engine warning lights would be
replaced by a single "general protection car fault" warning light.

6. sun motor systems would make a car that was solar-powered, twice as
reliable, five times as fast, but would only run on 5% of the roads.

5. you would constantly be pressured to upgrade your car.

4. you could only have one person in your car at a time, unless you
bought car '95 or car nt; but then, you'd have to buy more seats.

3. occasionally, your car would just die for no reason, and you would
have to restart it. for some strange reason, you would just accept
this as normal.

2. every time the lines on the road were repainted, you'd have to buy
a new car.

And the number one way that life would be different if Microsoft built cars,

1. people would get excited about the new features in Microsoft cars,
forgetting completely that they had been available in other brands
for years. (hmmmm...)


ha...ha...ha... freakin hilarious

Yeah dude that was retarded. It wasn't funny either because you were being racist. So if I worked at MS I would be a stupid freak?

Lame. Just pure lame.

'hmmmm....' indeed. Some of those comments should be directed at other companies (i.e. Apple).

One thing Microsoft does is encourage competition... so they wouldn't build cars, just the engines.

I remember a joke about if GM made computers and if Microsoft made cars. Its ironic that Ford and MS teamed up instead of GM and MS.

"Insert the obligatory microsoft and cars bsod comment here" anyway nice to see people delving into new markets.

Giggle to the BSOD, yes.

It'd better have car diags!

That's the real good use it could have for all of us that don't need smart phone capabilities, etc.