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Volvo Cars and Microsoft are collaborating to jointly develop next-generation automotive technologies. In fact, the two companies just conducted a demonstration of the first fully untethered holographic computer -- Microsoft HoloLens – to show that this technology could be used to redefine how customers first encounter and explore a vehicle, giving them an opportunity to configure their units in three dimensions.
Also, the demonstration -- conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, USA -- aimed to show that wearable HoloLens could be used to redefine how cars might be sold or purchased in the future. It also showed that holograms can be mixed into the physical world.
Interestingly, the demonstration turned out to be a mixed-reality preview of Volvo’s new S90 premium saloon. This new product from Volvo will have its real world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.Read the entire article Volvo and Microsoft enter deal to co-develop next-generation automotive technologies
Ford Motor Co., will base the next-generation SYNC system on BlackBerry's QNX, no longer employing Microsoft Windows, people briefed on the matter told Bloomberg. They remarked that using QNX will be less costly than licensing Microsoft technology, and the move will enhance the flexibility and speed of the next SYNC system.
Ford has over 7 million vehicles on the road with SYNC using Microsoft voice-activated software that allows phone calling and music playing. Ford chief executive Alan Mulally has seen the carmaker dip in quality surveys by J.D. Power & Associates and Consumer Reports, with customers citing tech systems and touchscreen issues.
According to Ford, the quality of its vehicles have been "mixed" each of the past three years. The carmaker admitted falling short of its plan to improve those results last year. Ford sees the improvement in SYNC as crucial attracting customers who are increasingly looking to be connected at all times.Read the entire article Ford junks Microsoft’s Windows for BlackBerry’s QNX for its SYNC system
Ford Motor Co. chief executive Alan Mulally has cleared up matters regarding his possible transfer to Microsoft Corp. "I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford," Mulally said in an interview with the Associated Press. Prior to the interview, there had been speculations and reports that Mulally is being considered as one of the candidates to replace Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
In August 2013, Microsoft said that Ballmer is planning to exit from his post. According to Mulally, all the talk about his possible exit from Ford to join Microsoft had become a distraction for the US carmaker.
Mulally’s candidacy to become the next top guy at Microsoft threatened to eclipse Ford’s new-vehicle launches at the incoming Detroit Auto Show and heightened the risk of internal strife among his deputies at the US carmaker.Read the entire article Ford CEO Alan Mulally denies rumors over Microsoft transfer
Ford chief executive Alan Mulally has been speculated to be one of the possible successors to the top job at Microsoft Corp. However, the speculation is threatening to eclipse Ford’s vehicle introductions and may lead to internal strife among Mulally’s deputies. Ford is planning to introduce 23 vehicles in 2014, which means a very busy year for the company. However, the speculation could become a distraction at a time when Ford needs to focus on “plants, products and people,” according to Michelle Krebs, an analyst for auto researcher Edmunds.com.
She noted that Ford needs to focus on the business as it is launching more products in 2014 than any time in its history. Mulally, Executive Chairman Bill Ford and other company leaders, have been reiterating a 13-month-old plan that called for the current CEO to remain Ford’s top honcho through at least next year.
While the carmaker has established COO Mark Fields as the next CEO, the timing of Mulally’s exit could lead to executive infighting, a source privy with the matter, told Bloomberg. Mulally is renowned for cultivating a more collaborative culture at Ford, which had been plagued by backbiting and dysfunction.Read the entire article Mulally’s possible entry at Microsoft may distract from Ford’s new models
Alan Mulally has already reiterated plans to head Ford until at least 2014 after news broke out that he is being considered as a candidate to become the next chief executive of Microsoft Corp. But despite being vocal about his intentions, the media as well as the tech press refused to back down. It all started when the Web site All Things D and Reuters reported that Mulally was likely to lead the multi-national software corporation. Now, bloggers are jumping on the speculations. Blogger Eric Jackson wrote about Mullaly on Forbes.com under the headline: "Why Alan Mulally Would Be a Terrible Choice as the Next Microsoft CEO." Jackson wrote that Mullaly would nail the job first because he is from Seattle, where Microsoft is based.
Likewise, Jackson noted that Mullaly is a friend of current CEO Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. He also noted that Mullaly had no software experience.
On the other hand, Time magazine’s Doron Levin viewed the other way. His column “Alan Mulally Is the Right CEO to Save Microsoft,” remarked that Mulally has "analyzed technical debates for his entire career, from fuselage design to the relative merits of electric and internal-combustion propulsion for cars.”Read the entire article Blogging world still hot on Mullaly as possible Microsoft CEO
Chrysler Group will be featuring a Microsoft-based infotainment system at some of its lower-trim vehicles. The Windows-based infotainment system will have the same name as Chrysler's QNX-based infotainment system – Uconnect – but will operate on a different manner with Microsoft software. QNX Software Systems provides nearly all the software and other technology for Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system.
This QNX-based infotainment system has received praises from critics for its ease of use, options and sophistication. The Windows-based infotainment system dubbed as Uconnect 5.0 was first installed in the Fiat 500L five-door hatchback in Europe in 2012. Uconnect 5.0 features a five-inch touch screen as well as support for multiple devices like smartphones, tablet computers and media players.
The Uconnect 5.0 installed in the Fiat 500L is capable of installing applications and services like Fiat's eco:Drive app, which provides engine and emissions data. Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system comes as standard in the 500L, which will be rolled out in the United States this summer.Read the entire article Chrysler to equip some lower-trim models with Microsoft-based infotainment system
Microsoft Corp. is eyeing to reshape the automotive industry as it tries to penetrate the business with software and technology. More specifically, the California-based software giant wants to become a key player in auto software. Pranish Kumar, group program manager for the Windows Embedded Automotive business, told Autmotive News that in the future, they aim to create a unifying experience, which is to bring together all the features and technologies into one common platform.
Kumar said that they aim to provide a platform that can be “easily upgraded and improved as time passes." Microsoft is one of the giants in the computer industry that are trying to play a more critical role in cars.
Presently, the role of computer giants in the auto industry is restricted to vehicle infotainment systems, which enables drivers to make calls or send messages, hear traffic conditions, receive e-mails and find different establishment. They all aim to break the restrictions and expand the role that computer software is currently playing.Read the entire article Microsoft eyes bigger role in automotive industry by offering car software
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.Read the entire article Vw gets access to exFAT file technology thanks to new partnership with Microsoft
Microsoft had recently announced that select automakers may now buy their own copy of the Windows Embedded Automotive 7. This platform is intended to support the development of new infotainment systems.
Its major features include speech commands, touch input, hands-free Bluetooth phone communications, advanced dashboard systems for access to music, maps, third-party apps and navigation.
Furthermore, Microsoft disclosed that the 2011 Nissan LEAF touchscreen information hub is equipped with the Windows Embedded Automotive technology, which offers a navigation system and electricity charging station locator.Read the entire article Microsoft announces availability of Windows Embedded Automotive 7
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