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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: 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: 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: High quality music streaming over the Internet to your car stereo

    You may have heard that Ford SYNC (based on Microsoft's Windows Automotive ) will play music from your mp3 player, or even from a USB drive, as the video here shows. Turns out you can also stream music from either a phone or a laptop via a mobile phone Internet connection and Bluetooth using the A2DP...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: From Convergence - Signs of Life

    [Note to readers: This post is a flashback, but I believe the business dynamics it explores in the automotive computing space are still relevant. This was written as my first post back in October 2006, but never published. I'm publishing it now, and I hope that you'll find it helpful in understanding...
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