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
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
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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and I need this, why?
12/31/2006 8:48:08 PM
Why do I need to have a L33t computer siting in my car all day long. I already have a laptop that I can even take out of the car. Some technology is inovative, this is not an advancement in my eyes (unless they make the HDs more durible) its just something that most people can already do if they put enough time into it.
For example, anyone remember the XBox Car that had a build in Xbox that attached to the stearing wheal and allows you to play race games when parked? Yeah this is about the same thing
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