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Windows Embedded Automotive helps car manufacturers and suppliers connect drivers with a wide range of devices, services and technology. Join the discussion of the latest developments and challenges in the automotive technology space.
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Last week on this blog, Pranish Kumar talked a little bit about Microsoft’s vision for the future of the automotive industry and what needs to happen for the connected car to flourish.
That vision is based in part on nearly two decades of elbow grease and experimentation, working with some of the leading car makers and suppliers to the automotive industry. We’d like to think that our history in technology—and our experience developing software for use in vehicles—gives us a bit of a unique perspective.
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Posted By Pranish KumarGroup Program Manager, Windows Embedded Automotive
Since the mid 90’s, car makers and technology vendors have been searching for ways to help drivers become better connected and to enrich the in-car infotainment experience – a concept that’s epitomized by the connected car.
Much of the technology to create connected cars is currently in place. And millions of evolved vehicles are already on the road. Yet these are a mere shadow of what’s ultimately possible through the collective power of technological breakthroughs like the cloud, machine learning, natural language processing and data analytics.
At Microsoft we have a clear vision for the driving experience of tomorrow and how it could impact our day-to-day lives. And as we set out to develop the future automotive platform we discovered that it was more than building a connected car. We need a car which adapts to each user, knows our behaviors, understands that driver’s workload and delivers high value services; we need an intelligent car.
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Posted By Jeff WettlauferTechnical Program Manager
Hello from //Build/! This week, the Windows Embedded team is in San Francisco with several thousand developers to talk about the Windows platform – this includes showcasing the opportunity to build rich, connected, immersive app experiences on industry-specific hardware using the latest Microsoft tools and technologies. We wanted to showcase for you some of the highlights that focus on Windows Embedded solutions, and dive into one of the demonstrations that was highlighted in Steve Guggenheimer’s keynote address: the Avis demonstration.
With its strategic focus on mobility, Avis believes their staff needs to be as mobile and connected as their customers. Many of you today are already using the Windows Phone 8 app provided from Avis to reserve, upgrade and manage your rental experience. It’s an awesome app, and I use it all the time. But that’s just the beginning…
On the stage Guggenheimer showcased an HP Elitepad 900 tablet, running Windows Embedded 8 Industry and the Avis ‘Select and Go’ app. This tablet was also using the recently announced HP Retail Jacket, which includes a mag stripe reader and bar code scanner. While not currently a device in use by Avis, its Atom processor, SSD, Gorilla glass, great battery life and support for industry-specific peripherals enable this device to be well-suited for a roaming retail employee.
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Jay Loney, Principal Program Manager on Windows Embedded Automotive, had a great discussion with Geekwire’s Todd Bishop and John Cook. Jay covered the state of the art in automotive technology, the in-car app experiences (what he calls hot-rodding for geeks), and the future of the IP-connected car. It’s definitely worth a listen to learn more about where the driving experience of the future is headed.
Posted By Walter Sullivan
Walter Sullivan, senior project manager for Windows Embedded Automotive
Ten years ago, in April of 2003, a small team from Fiat and Microsoft got together in Redmond, in Microsoft’s Building 32, to talk about a potential collaboration. I was lucky enough to be in this meeting, unsure of whether there was any real opportunity. Through the course of the discussion, we started to realize that Fiat and Microsoft had a very common vision for how mobile devices would be integrated into the driving environment; both companies recognized the growth in personal mobile devices we were about to see. In fact, as we were prototyping our concept, the engineers at Fiat and their Research Center (CRF) were working on a very similar concept, which we saw for the first time later in 2003 as we continued our discussions. We at Microsoft called ours T-Box; Fiat called theirs Convergence. The similarities were uncanny.
Development actually began in early 2004, and we handed off the final production device to Fiat in June of 2005. We developed the hardware and the software from scratch (very little of either prototype was actually used in the production system) in about 16 months. Over the next few months, we continued to build the second version, which added an embedded cellular module, vehicle diagnostics and navigation. The products, of course, were Fiat’s Blue&Me and Blue&Me Nav, which began production in the fall of 2005.