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."