Microsoft Corp. has inked a patent licensing agreement with e.solutions, the software supplier for Volkswagen Group, that will allow the carmaker to gain access to Microsoft’s latest-generation file system - the Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology. The deal was the first one that Microsoft has made within the automotive sector.
The technology will allow vehicle owners to obtain additional reliable resources that will bring multimedia content into their cars.
This is possible because the exFAT delivers a significant jump in the size of media files that can be stored on a massive assortment of consumer electronic gadgets.
The technology also increases the speed with which data can be accessed. With the exFAT technology, e.solutions will be able to functionally innovate and integrate, allowing the software supplier to provide vehicle owners a full-featured driving experience, e.solutions managing director Uwe Reder said.
He added that innovations on in-vehicle electronics have continued at a very fast pace, opening new opportunities. With Microsoft as partner, e.solutions will be able to follow the developments of the consumer electronics market while providing excellent multimedia experience.
Founded by the joint venture of EB (Elektrobit) and Audi in 2009, e.solutions aims to offer an infotainment software suite to drive innovations and to upgrade reuse of software for in-vehicle infotainment.
It is developing technologies for a new multimedia platform that offers a longer menu of infotainment options while reducing drivers' distraction.