Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Embedded Automotive 7 to select car makers and suppliers in the automotive industry. Designed to support the development of new infotainment systems, Windows Embedded Automotive 7 is an industry-leading platform providing integrated services for communication, entertainment, navigation and information for the mass market.
Microsoft also announced that Windows Embedded Automotive technologies are powering the touch-screen Information Hub for the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car.
The hub gives LEAF drivers and passengers a navigation system and electricity charging station locator. It also shares power consumption monitoring information with drivers, and enables easy in-car climate monitoring – all on top of a smooth, quiet electric ride. Be sure to check out the video of the car in action.
With Windows Embedded Automotive, car makers and suppliers have access to Microsoft’s latest tools and technology, as well as a worldwide partner ecosystem, which allows them to quickly create in-vehicle experiences that are easier to use and more engaging for drivers and passengers.
Key features include speech commands, touch input, hands-free Bluetooth phone communications, advanced dashboard systems for access to music, maps, third-party apps and navigation, and streamlined connectivity with other devices.
Additional Windows Embedded Automotive features include the following:
- Silverlight for Windows Embedded. Silverlight for
- Microsoft Tellme speech technology.
- Next-generation automotive system tools.
Windows Embedded Automotive is the software platform that Ford, Kia, Fiat, Nissan, Alpine and Paccar will be using to develop next-generation in-car infotainment systems in more than 80 vehicle models worldwide.
More details here and here.