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Microsoft's "Sync" to be integrated into Ford models
When MTV pimps your ride, it will also come with security updates

As 2007 dawns on us, automaker Ford and software powerhouse Microsoft are expected to announce plans for Windows based, in-car computers.

Sync, the title of the new line of software, cannot yet drive our cars for us, but will help drivers with their computing in important ways.  Once the new Windows software is integrated into new Ford vehicles, cosumers will be able to utilize the handsfree cell phone capabilities, media downloads, automatic navigation updates and e-mail.

No comments have been made by Ford representatives, but Microsoft officials have acknowledged the joint announcement of the project.  The public can expect the announcements to be made during media days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, beginning Jan. 7, and the Consumer Electronics Show which opens Jan. 6.

The Wall Street Journal released information stating that the technology will be available in two models of the 2007 Ford lineup.  It is expected to be available for all Ford models in 2008.  It is also said to be integrated into Lincoln and Mercury models in the future.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, in a quote to The Detroit Free Press, said that to set apart car companies in the future, vehicles will have features such as HD screens, voice recognition, electronic calenders, cameras and navigation systems that include road and traffic conditions.  The upcoming Sync project will provide a platform to centralize and standardize all of those functions.


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i don't know about you guys....
By Fenixgoon on 12/30/2006 10:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates, in a quote to The Detroit Free Press, said that to set apart car companies in the future, vehicles will have features such as HD screens, voice recognition, electronic calenders, cameras and navigation systems that include road and traffic conditions. The upcoming Sync project will provide a platform to centralize and standardize all of those functions.


but the fewer electronics in my car, the better. i'm no race driver with leet skills, but i'll taking shifting myself over the car doing it for me any day. same with parking, same with braking.

not to mention, styling and engine/transmission still have meaning with some people :P




RE: i don't know about you guys....
By Zulli85 on 12/30/2006 10:06:05 PM , Rating: 2
Bring on the technology, the more the merrier. This is some pretty amazing stuff that is being planned for the future.


RE: i don't know about you guys....
By jdawgnoonan on 12/30/2006 10:14:22 PM , Rating: 2
Talk about some pointless crap...just what we need people doing while driving: Managing downloads. This is just one more thing to keep people from focusing on the most important part of driving...driving.

I reiterate, this is pointless crap.


By isaacmacdonald on 12/31/2006 2:22:38 AM , Rating: 2
This was my immediate reaction as well. Technology that qualitatively improves cars (eg: safety or GPS) is one thing, but this sounds completely superfluous. Nonetheless, this seems likely to be geared towards soccer moms with annoying children to shuttle around, so hopefully this won't be a standard feature in the foreseeable future.


RE: i don't know about you guys....
By Griswold on 12/31/2006 3:23:53 PM , Rating: 1
Nothing wrong with many of these gizmos, as long as they're not available to the driver.


RE: i don't know about you guys....
By joeld on 12/30/2006 11:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
I suck at parking -- I wish my car could do it for me!


By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 12/31/2006 12:17:21 AM , Rating: 2
Get an LS460? :)


RE: i don't know about you guys....
By Fibbly on 12/31/2006 5:58:57 AM , Rating: 2
:O


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