Windows 8 & other Microsoft products could link to your next car

Microsoft wants to give more car owners the ability to link up to Windows 8 and a slew of other Microsoft products and services. In a recent job listing on Microsoft's site, the company gives some hints about what it wants to add to the next version of its Connected Car Platform.

The Windows Embedded Automotive program has offered a number of software solutions for car makers, including the Sync system from Ford. Microsoft's job listing for a new Software Development Engineer for that team offers up a highly ambitious feature list for the future of that Embedded Automotive platform:

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 job listing says that Microsoft wants to have car drivers link with their vehicles with voice, gestures, and face tracking. It adds, "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."

Via: SlashGear
Source: Microsoft job listing

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S3P€hR said,
Just make sure turn auto update off by default otherwise you have to turnoff the car for xx Windows Update From a 4G network perhaps.

Microsoft's Sync software in Ford's have had SO many problems. After seeing that, I want MS to stay the hell away from cars.

S3P€hR said,
Just make sure turn auto update off by default otherwise you have to turnoff the car for xx Windows Update From a 4G network perhaps.

The onboard computer running Windows would likely be isolated from the onboard computer controlling driving.

If it wasn't, you could install a self-driving car app

rfirth said,

The onboard computer running Windows would likely be isolated from the onboard computer controlling driving.

If it wasn't, you could install a self-driving car app


It is, 100%.

Larry the Lobster said,
Wow. I can do Excel spreadsheets on my built-in GPS screen.

I'm sure a Pandora, Rdio, or Spotify Windows 8 app is far better than whatever is built into high end cars now.

Larry the Lobster said,
Wow. I can do Excel spreadsheets on my built-in GPS screen.

Well, many car systems already use Windows Automotive, the most famous, being Ford's MyFord, but other automakers also use Windows: Nissan, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Kia.

dagamer34 said,

I'm sure a Pandora, Rdio, or Spotify Windows 8 app is far better than whatever is built into high end cars now.

I already have Pandora while in my car. Bluetooth