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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.
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Posted By Chris ElliottSenior Marketing Communications Manager
Go Further with Ford Trend Conference is becoming an annual pilgrimage for journalists and bloggers interested in learning more about Ford, its business plans, and its newest model lineup. This event at Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan attracts hundreds of journalists from all over North America to learn about the company and its cars, including the technology Ford uses in its products and its plans for its technological future. And we had the opportunity to share our vision for the connected car with attendees.
It’s not very often the Ford Motor Company opens its top secret testing facility for media to not only get a peek at the facilities, but also to experience firsthand some of the brand’s latest offerings. And this rare treat was not lost on the event’s participants. To make the experience even more special for its guests Ford created various stations and courses to showcase the new Mustang and its All-American muscle; get a ride in a police interceptor with a professional driver behind the wheel; experience the surprising off-the-line torque of an electric car; and participate in a tech relay race that featured self-parking cars and automatic lift gates.
And, lest I forget, the off-road thrill ride that challenges the senses while testing one’s notion of what a truck can do in the dirt when in the hands of a slightly crazed professional driver. The truck? The exciting 2013 Ford Raptor.
This year, Bill Ford Jr. kicked off the event and discussed with the audience the company’s global vision of what Ford is doing with its advance technology research. Bill’s concerned about the planet, its population of people and how best to prevent things like 100 mile traffic jams from happening again in developing countries. He also sees how the millions of bits of information that are being generated daily by automobiles on the road can be used to help conserve fuel, reduce pollution and even stress in our daily lives.
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Microsoft and Ford want to chauffeur you, a friend and gdgt co-founder Peter Rojas in the all-new 2013 Ford Edge to gdgt live in New York on Monday, June 25! Along the way, you and your guest will experience the latest version of Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch and see firsthand why SYNC, powered by Microsoft, is one of the leading in-car infotainment systems in the industry.
What’s better than being chauffeured through the streets of Manhattan in a brand-new Ford crossover while getting one-on-one time with gdgt co-founder Peter Rojas to chat about the latest tech gadgets (some of which you might even find in the car)? Plus, once you’re at the event, you’ll be able to participate in the VIP hour, where you can get to know some of the hottest names in consumer electronics, getting your hands on the latest gadgets and hot tech before any of your other friends.
Posted By Windows Embedded Team
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.
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We wanted to know what you thought about Ford SYNC, so we asked.
And you answered!
SYNC fans tweeted their favorite features of the system for a chance to win an Xbox, a Microsoft keyboard or an Arc Touch Mouse. The overwhelming favorite was the ability to control SYNC with your voice. Many of you loved the Audible text messaging feature, and told us that going hands- and eyes-free makes you drive safer.