Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows Embedded Automotive 7 to select car makers and suppliers in the automotive industry at the SAE Convergence 2010 Conference and Exhibition.
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.
With Windows Embedded Automotive 7, 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, navigation and streamlined connectivity with other devices.
Additional Windows Embedded Automotive 7 features include:
• Silverlight for Windows Embedded:
Silverlight for Windows Embedded gives car makers the ability to quickly create rich device user experiences with engaging 2-D and 3-D graphics by using a familiar Microsoft technology and taking advantage of a large ecosystem of Microsoft Silverlight designers. Experiences built in Silverlight for Windows Embedded can be refined rapidly on the desktop and deployed unchanged to the target device facilitating flawless delivery from designer to developer.
• Microsoft Tellme speech technology:
Microsoft Tellme speech technology powers simple and hands-free system commands such as allowing the entire interface to be driven through speech. In addition, new support for SMS reply by voice allows text message replies to be constructed by speech. Windows Embedded Automotive 7 also supports eight languages: U.S. English, U.K. English, German, Mexican Spanish, Continental Spanish, Canadian French, Continental French and Korean.
• Next-generation automotive system tools:
New tools for developers support the stable integration of advanced, high-performance, third-party systems and include improved test modules with easy-to-use product engineering guidelines to help simplify the development process, increase reliability and speed time to market
Microsoft has also announced that the 2011 Nissan LEAF touchscreen information hub is powered by Windows Embedded Automotive technology.
Other clients include Ford, Kia, Fiat, Nissan, Paccar, and Alpine Electronics who are all using Windows Embedded in over 80 models worldwide.