It is no secret what Microsoft is envisioning for the future of our cars as this was explicitly stated in the company’s advertisement. Based on the ad itself, future vehicles would act as driver’s aide or in their parlance, intelligent assistants.
Actually, Microsoft is planning to integrate their own ecosystem in the car’s dashboard and these includes Kinect, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Windows Live, Bing, Azure, Tellme and other technologies. From the ad itself, the vehicle will have an intertwined system wherein the car can interact with driver with the use of speech, gestures, face tracking, augmented reality, vehicle networking, navigation and entertainment.
According to Microsoft, once the connected car is in play, it will be able to identify its riders and interact with the user courtesy of speech, gestures and face-tracking. Moreover, the car would be able to know the driving habits and provide personalized information as well as assistance to the driver. The end goal of course is to bring the driver from one point to another as safe as possible.
It really seems ambitious but Microsoft needs to expand or stretch its creativity of coming up with a system where devices are that interconnected. As we know, current set-up in cars allow for mobile phones and other devices to stream music, make hands-free calls and even tethering. In Microsoft’s approach, they want to develop a software that runs on a network and cuts across various device platforms (e.g. vehicles, mobile devices, PC, cloud, etc). A cloud application in a vehicle system could mean that the vehicle would be responsible for identifying user’s favorite route, preferred music playlist and adapt to the driver’s schedule changes. In addition, the use of speech and gestures may be the answer for the current concern on dashboards which is having a lot of buttons that are presented to the driver.
Microsoft has already taken an initial step towards its vision and evidence of which is the Project Detroit where they showcased a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback that comes equipped with the latest technology such as remote start through smartphone, integrated WiFi, Kinect sensors for passengers and cloud analytics. Also, their connected car system is already seen and felt in known vehicle brands such Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and McLaren.
Now, it would really be cool if Microsoft makes this happen in our future cars.
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