Microsoft talks about their Connected Car Experience

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In a blog post Microsoft’s Kevin Dallas, General Manager of Windows Embedded talked about the future of their Connected Car platform, most famously used by Ford in their SYNC system.

Microsoft and Ford recently celebrated their 5th anniversary and also their 5th million SYNC system shipped.

Kevin notes that the car is becoming another one of those devices and an extension of the mobile computing experience and that they are focused on making the experience of transitioning content and information between the car and other devices seamless.

Kevin makes the point that  mobile phones and tablets are designed to provide immersive experiences that draw people in, but in the car the interaction experience needs to be brief and glanceable.

While speech and heads up displays are the key interfaces that belong in the car, they also saw the potential for other types of interfaces like facial recognition and gesture in the future. The key was to enable capabilities that are appropriate for the car with intuitive interfaces that make the interaction it as simple as possible.

Read more at Windows Embedded here.

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  • PutMyNameHere

    I have a Ford Fusion which has the Sync GPS system. The best feature is when I turn the car on, the phone syncs automatically without even taking it out of my pocket. I can simply press the voice button on the steering wheel and tell it to call so-and-so on either cell or home. I can also stream music from it, still without taking it out of my pocket. Works really well.
    There are some other advanced features I have not used, like programming it so that the car will check traffic a set time before you usually leave your house and text you if traffic is bad, and that you need to leave earlier. Since my commute is short I don’t need to use it, but I can see how it can be useful for some people.
    Of course on long trips you’d need to plug the phone in to get charged, but since the car has a USB port that is also easy. A built-in wireless charger in the car would go great with my new Lumia 920!