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  • Blog Post: Beautiful McLaren MP4 12-C supercar runs on Windows

    Interesting to see Steve Clayton's post on the McLaren MP4 12-C running not one but two Microsoft Windows operating systems.  Not really that surprising, though.  The McLaren Group is leveraging its racing heritage as it builds McLaren Automotive into a consumer sports car manufacturer. ...
  • Blog Post: Ford unveils fledgling developer network for SYNC

    Really enjoyed the Ford’s Keynote at CES today. Too much to talk  about, really.  A couple of very quick notes: It was fun to see Ford briefly mention the American Journey 2.0 project that I (and others at Microsoft ) have been working with them and the University of Michigan on.   ...
  • Blog Post: So this is what a $2500 car looks like...

    The Tata Nano was unveiled recently... a new car from Tata Motors that is expected to sell for about $2500.  Comes with a 624cc gasoline engine... no word yet on fuel efficiency.  Or crash protection.  Is this the next Yugo ?  Or India's Model T ? Not sure in which markets the Tata...
  • Blog Post: Amazing Day 1 Keynote at MIX!

    Wow -- so much at MIX I can't possibly do it justice right now, but check out the summary here .   Really, really amazing stuff and some super announcements.  Just a teaser: Silverlight for Mobile devices -- and not just windows mobile but Nokia Symbian, too. Use common skills for rich...
  • Blog Post: S+S Example #1: Ford Work Solutions

    Computers and software can do lots of interesting things, and more every day. While I love websites -- I don't want to be completely constrained to them. For example, i like having things like Zune , my smartphone , Windows Live Writer , etc. as part of my life even though (actually, because) the experiences...
  • Blog Post: Coskata Ethanol breakthrough announced at Detroit International Autos Show, Partnership with GM

    Rick Wagoner, Chairman of General Motors , announced at the Detroit North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that GM has taken an equity stake in an ethanol manufacturer called Coskata, and that Coskata has developed a breakthrough process for producing ethanol that is far more efficient than traditional...
  • Blog Post: Filling the Boomer Gap in Automotive, post-SYNC what comes next?

    Ed Wallace has a great article in Business Week about the impact of mass demographics on the auto industry -- fun to read, and insightful. Years ago, I remember walking through Ford WHQ and seeing a distinct focus on Gen Y . Gen X isn't big enough to offset the void the boomers will leave. The auto industry...
  • Blog Post: Ford SYNC - Beyond cool, it sells cars, too!

    Regular readers of this blog know that I've been excited about Ford's SYNC for quite a while now. For those that don't know, SYNC is Ford's implementation of Windows Automotive inside their vehicles to provide hands free access to media and phone. For a great, quick demonstration of SYNC reading/sending...
  • Blog Post: Share the Robot Love! Toyota's violin playing bot and the GM FIRST Robot Challenge

    I'm a fan of robots. As such, two things caught my attention recently -- one far from home and one very near. First, on Thursday Toyota unveiled a white, 5 foot tall, violin playing robot that bowed with its right arm and pressed strings with its left. Perhaps the performance lacked "soul", but it was...
  • Blog Post: I'm so excited about Ford SYNC (aka Windows Automotive)!

    I can't wait to get my new Ford with SYNC! See a review here . Pricing is just $395. Learn more about SYNC here here . In one way or another, I've been involved in this domain for the last 7 years. In fact, I moved from Seattle to join Ford back in 2000 mostly because I was excited about the potential...
  • Blog Post: Siemens and Microsoft team up on in-vehicle computing

    Technorati Tags: Cars , Automotive , In-vehicle software , manufacturing , Car OS Interesting story came out today here . It's interesting for a few reasons: Siemens VDO (the automotive unit) will build solutions for Auto OEMs on Microsoft's consumer focused, in-vehicle computing platform.  This...
  • Blog Post: Identity -- It's not just for people! (Part 2)

    Thanks to both Kevin Hammond, Cardspace guru of Casa de Hambone fame, as well as Delbert Murphey, former Architect Evangelist, former managing/chief architect at General Motors, and now Biztalk wunderkind, for their critical insights on this topic! This post follows up an earlier post on the possible...
  • Blog Post: Identity -- It's not just for people! (Part 1)

    Yesterday I sent an email along these lines to a few friends: Automotive part counterfeiting costs about $12B/year – just for Tier 1 suppliers . Part counterfeiting costs Ford alone $1B. Beyond automotive, according to the National Association of Manufacturing, trade of counterfeit parts is about...
  • Blog Post: Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive), Part 2

    Welcome back for Part 2! I didn't expect this to be a series when I wrote the original post , but two things happened recently that might (I hope :-) ) make a second post interesting. First, Reuters picked up a story from the Nikkei business daily headlined "Toyota plans standards for in-car software...
  • Blog Post: Toyota's Car OS vs. Ford's Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive)

    Ok -- let me come clean right up front: the headline here is slightly misleading because Toyota's Car OS and Ford's Sync are not really directly comparable. For one thing, Toyota's Car OS does not appear to exist yet -- though it reportedly is under development. They also have a somewhat different (but...
  • Blog Post: Computers and cars... what's not to like?

    Just wrapped up 3 days of a great SAE Convergence 2006 conference at COBO Hall in downtown Detroit. This is the world's premier conference about the convergence of computing and automotive engineering. Believe it or not, the conference has been going every two years since the 1970s. Even more surprising...
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