Microsoft and Ford Team Up In-Car Computing

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

Well, weve learned from a source close to Microsofts 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 dont yet have all the details nailed down, but the system (currently dubbed Blue&Me, although we cant 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 itll support Sideshow, all the fun TBox stuff like GPS and car diags, or be available for non-Ford and/or aftermarket installs, but well all know more come CES.

News source: Engadget

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