Wednesday, October 18, 2000
At Convergence 2000, the automotive electronics show going on this
week in Detroit's Cobo Hall, Microsoft announced its new automotive software
platform Car.NET for in-car computing systems. "Any service from any device,
anytime, anywhere," says Bruce Johnson, a Microsoft engineer and the group
manager of the company's Windows CE for automotive applications.
Car.NET works with audio, video, telephone, navigation, and other
vehicle-monitoring systems. "Suppose you wanted to coordinate dinner with a
group of your friends," says Johnson. "Car.NET allows you to pick the
restaurant, get directions, and send messages to your friends' personal mobile
devices such as phones, personal digital assistants, and laptops, all from your
Working on multiple levels, "We're helping develop choices," says
Johnson. "The choices exist at the hardware, software, and supplier services
Microsoft is demonstrating Car.NET at Convergence 2000 this week.
For more information about the new software platform, go to microsoft.saltmine.com/automotive.