Microsoft and Ford to Announce Joint Development Project
December 30, 2006 7:25 PM
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Microsoft's "Sync" to be integrated into Ford models
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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
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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RE: which brings up the inevitable question...
12/31/2006 10:25:53 AM
I think there's a bit of a valid point about that. What will replacement parts cost? If it broke ten years from now, would it be worth fixing if it's 10-15 year old computer technology? Right now, would you want to put a Pentium II computer into your car? That's what it would be like ten years from now. Even the aftermarket stuff would be pretty expensive.
RE: which brings up the inevitable question...
12/31/2006 12:22:15 PM
Go down to the wreckers, Especially if it is 10-15 years old, it will cost bugger all.
And I have a Celeron 300A @ 450Mhz in my car, So that I can watch movies that I have downloaded on the DVD player's screen.
And it having it connected to an Inverter, it uses bugger all power, allot less than what the Alternator generates, to run, Start the car, recharge the battery, and power the sound system.
The most expensive part I have EVER bought for my car was the Alternator, I put it in myself, and only cost 60 bucks (Australian), And considering its 18 years old, done almost 400 thousand KM's (Ive done 220 thousand in it), I'm not doing bad, Mind you I am allot more mechanically minded than most, And GM's Holden Commodore is really an awesome car, You Americans don't know what your missing.
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