Microsoft Brings Live Tiles to Infotainment Systems with "Windows in the Car" Concept
April 7, 2014 2:38 PM
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A Windows Phone screen will project its content onto the infotainment display
Microsoft is looking to put the Windows Phone 8 operating system on built-in car displays via technology that simply connects the two.
, Microsoft showed off a new concept called Windows in the car, which allows Windows devices to mirror content on its screen into a touch-friendly car interface (such as an infotainment system).
Microsoft's Steve Teixeira took the stage at the Build 2014 conference to show off the new tech, which uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink to project a Windows Phone's screen onto the infotainment system's display.
[SOURCE: The Verge]
Mirrorlink is used by Nokia's Symbian phones and Sony's Xperia Z smartphone, but the tech is making its way into cars as automakers like Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, and Citroen started testing it.
The actual interface looks like Windows 8 with live tiles, swiping gestures and places for apps, radio and navigation.
It's not clear when this will be available, as it's just a concept for now. Also, there's no word on whether any automakers have signed on for the Mirrorlink and Microsoft combo in their infotainment systems.
Just last month, Apple announced a similar initiative that brings iOS to a car's infotainment system called
. It brings iPhone functionality to your automobile's dashboard, but it is not meant to be an all-or-nothing replacement operating system for what comes pre-installed on your automobile. Rather, it’s an easy-to-use interface that allows you to use your Apple gadget in the car.
Like the iOS version, Microsoft's Windows in the car will likely also offer a user access to their music, email, texts, calendar and contacts information via voice commands (Apple's uses Siri of course, and it's possible we could see Cortana in Microsoft's finished product).
at Build 2014 last week.
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4/7/2014 5:19:48 PM
Another gadget to further distract already-too-distracted drivers. The last thing I need is fellow motorists trying to figure out how to use some hokey touch-screen interface while negotiating rush hour traffic.
4/7/2014 5:33:25 PM
You're a bit late there. That horse is out of the barn, across the field and out of sight. Touchscreens are becoming more and more standard in cars (I believe it is standard equipment on the 2014.5 Camry for example). With the upcoming requirement for backup cameras in every new car, I don't see this trend reversing. They've got to have a screen anyways, might as well make it work the radio and everything else while they're at it.
4/7/2014 5:43:45 PM
The last thing we need is giant advertisements along the roads which are designed to grab the attention of drivers and distract them from the road.
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