Continental to unveil Microsoft Auto-based system with BING Online search

Continental’s Multi Media Platform (MMP) is built on the Windows Embedded Auto platform, from Microsoft’s Windows Embedded business, which makes it easily upgradeable and, therefore, will help “future-proof” their vehicles and bridge the development cycles between the automotive and consumer electronics industries.

Continental’s flexible Multi Media Platform is scalable and is designed to provide automakers with the ability to pick and choose from a variety of consumer electronic features. For instance, an entry-level version of Continental’s Multimedia platform, ideal for high end entertainment and entry navigation systems, is expected to provide: a radio; hands-free calling utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology; access to online services like Internet radio and the ability to easily connect and play personal music collections via either portable devices, USB or SD Cards brought into the vehicle.

An advanced version of Continental’s Multi Media Platform, called MMP High, will integrate all the basic features in MMP Entry and also include a high-tech navigation system. The intuitive navigation system utilizes Microsoft’s BING Online Search to provide drivers and passengers with point of interest information, including: businesses and attractions, ATMs, gas stations, restaurants, hospitals and more.

In addition to NAVTEQ data, the system relies on NAVTEQ Traffic to provide real-time traffic information. And, in the event of an accident, missed turn or detour, the system will automatically recalculate the route to the destination.

Both versions of Continental’s MMP are based on advance hardware and a System on Chip Architecture concept. The key selling points of MMP are its strong graphic performance and the large variety of interfaces to the vehicle as well as to consumer electronic devices. The MMP High Platform also includes additional calculation power and a high end graphics accelerator.

Continental continues to enhance its MMP and expects to begin using Microsoft Silverlight for Windows Embedded in its development so it can benefit from Microsoft’s existing tool chain and increase the time-to-market of new applications. Microsoft Silverlight provides application developers with the tools they need to create compelling new in-vehicle applications and allows for quick adaptations in the HMI prototyping and development process.

Source: Continental.

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