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  • VW-Microsoft technology partnership

    Volkswagen plans to invest $4 billion to invest in digitalization by 2025, and it has named Microsoft as its partner for future endeavors. VW announced Friday it has entered a strategic partnership with Microsoft for all future digital services and mobility efforts. Microsoft will advise and work alongside VW as it implements its connected vehicle fleet and digital ecosystem called "Volkswagen We." The long-term goal is to implement We as the car's platform to become a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT). The platform branches out even further to VW's group-wide cloud platform called One...

  • Brabham BT62
    Brabham teams with Microsoft for tech and data needs

    Brabham just announced its new track-only monster machine called the BT62. When you introduce a new race car, you're also introducing a need to collect, transmit, and store a hefty amount of data. Be it vehicle data, customer information, or all sorts of on-track telemetry bits and bytes, a...

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    Chinese tech giant Baidu taps Microsoft to expand development of self-driving cars

    China's biggest search engine—Baidu—and Microsoft are expanding their self-driving-vehicle partnership to cover data storage, security, and artificial intelligence services for the companies' open-source autonomous vehicle platform, Apollo. Microsoft's Azure cloud-storage service will...

  • Microsoft and West Coast Customs "Project Detroit" Mustang
    Microsoft And West Coast Customs Build Custom Mustang

    What happens when famous car customization shop West Coast Customs takes a classic pony car and sprinkles it with the latest in in-car technology? You get "Project Detroit", that's what. Coming to us via Mustangs Daily, Project Detroit isn't quite what it seems. You'll have noticed the matte black...

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    Nissan And Microsoft Partner For Cloud Computing Tech

    An announcement between Microsoft and Nissan to develop a dealer management system further proves one thing we've learned this year: connectivity is becoming increasingly important in the auto industry. The two companies announced a "strategic relationship" on Monday, says the Financial Times (sub...

  • Thrustmaster's Ferrari 458 Italia replica steering wheel.
    Control Your Xbox 360 With A Ferrari 458 Steering Wheel

    While we all want a Ferrari 458 Italia, not all of us are fortunate enough to have the means. Luckily, Thrustmaster has come to save the day with a new Ferrari 458 steering wheel set-up for the Xbox 360. Thrustmaster worked with both Microsoft and Ferrari during the development of its steering...

  • Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson

    Many consider the Forza series of XBox racing games to be the best console racers... in the world. One thing is for sure though, it's the only racing game that's voiced by BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson. Known as "Motormouth" to some and several unrepeatable things to many other people, the one thing that's for sure is that there are few better people to give their opinions on tire-burning supercars than Clarkson. Forza Motorsport 4 (FM4)'s developers, Turn 10 Studios, signed a deal with Top Gear last year and footage from the show has already appeared in some versions of Forza 3. You...

  • Microsoft XBox 360 wireless steering wheel
    Microsoft Goes Wireless For Next XBox 360 Steering Wheel

    Anyone into racing video games should own a steering wheel controller. The extra dimension it adds to any racer over a traditional joypad hugely improves the gaming experience. As with any peripheral device though, gaming wheels usually require several wires to be trailed across your living room...

  • McLaren F1 supercar in Forza Motorsport 4 trailer
    Forza Motorsport 4 Trailer Released At E3 2011: Video

    As we reported earlier, Forza Motorsport 4 has had a major presence at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. In fact, just a few days ago we brought you a video demonstration filmed during the expo of some of the new features offered in the game that take advantage of...

  • Forza Motorsport 4 demonstration using Microsoft Kinect
    Forza Motorsport 4 Bringing New Features With Microsoft Kinect Technology: Video

    The latest installment of the brilliant Forza Motorsport series for Xbox 360 is about to bring a whole new sense of realism to the world of racing sims thanks to Microsoft’s Kinect interactive controller technology. Due this fall, Forza Motorsport 4 will allow players to check their side...

  • Volkswagen and Microsoft in-car technology
    Volkswagen And Microsoft Working On New In-Car Movie Technology

    While in the past we’ve seen Microsoft work closely with Fiat in the auto industry to develop the Blue&Me electronic interface, the software giant is now partnering with Volkswagen to help develop the next-generation of in-car entertainment technology, and possibly do-away with in-car DVD...

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    Extra Media Storage Turns VWs Into Rolling Movie Theatres

    Kids these days don't know how good they have it. The most entertainment many of us could muster on a long journey was playing I-spy, or maybe kicking our siblings and getting away with it when they complained. In-car DVD has made long trips a much quieter experience for parents, and now a deal...

  • Li Chao, Executive Deputy General Manager of Shanghai OnStar Telematics

    General Motors has made huge inroads in China, and now, those inroads have grown a bit wider: yesterday at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, GM launched its smartphone app for China's OnStar subscribers. The OnStar app for Chinese drivers is nearly identical to the one that subscribers in North America have been using for some time. It offers remote starting, door locking and unlocking, diagnostic information (e.g. fuel level, tire pressure), and other familiar features. But while that may seem old hat to us, it's a major advance for Chinese consumers: according to a press release from GM, "The...

  • Bing Maps Streetside car
    Bing Brings Streetside To Britain: Is Google Losing Ground?

    We've talked a lot about the chilly reception Google Street View has gotten overseas. And yesterday, tech reporters were all a-flutter with reports that Google is losing ground to Microsoft's Bing in the search wars. Now comes news that Bing is bringing its Street View competitor, Streetside, to...

  • Toyota Entune Multimedia System
    Toyota, Microsoft Announce Next-Gen Azure Telematics Project

    A new strategic partnership between Toyota and Microsoft will see the next generation of telematics systems built on the Microsoft Azure platform, allowing the incorporation of GPS, energy management, multimedia, and more within a single platform. Microsoft's SYNC system, already several years old...

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    Infiniti, Porsche & Ferrari Offer Desktop Theme Gallery For Microsoft Windows 7

    This is the first time that Microsoft has made its desktop theme gallery available to partner companies.

  • Ford SYNC TDI
    Ford launches new SYNC TDI with enhanced navigation features

    Ford is enhancing the capabilities of its vehicles by introducing exclusive new SYNC features that add traffic, directions and information (TDI) in a simple download found on the company’s www.syncmyride.com website. The latest application ties together the advantages of navigation and...

  • Preview of VW's 3D GPS system
    Video: Volkswagen shows off GLORIA advanced infotainment system

    Cars playing music and movies with touch-based interfaces isn't news - but doing it the way Volkswagen is with its new Global Open Infotainment Architecture System (GLORIA) is definitely something different. It's being developed by VW's Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL), and it features some...

  • The Zune device family

    The age of MP3 players is fully upon the automotive industry, and consumers now expect - even demand - such connectivity in even the most basic of vehicles. But getting more than basic input-output functionality for the more complex devices on the market isn't quite so easy. The Apple iPod has widespread support - though its cellular doppelganger, the iPhone doesn't, much to the chagrin of owners. To date, full support for the competing offering from Microsoft, the Zune, has been almost completely absent from any car. But now General Motors has begun a 28-model roll out of full Zune support...

  • Microsoft Blue&Me inteface
    Microsoft offers greater control with new Auto 4.0 vehicle software platform

    Microsoft’s ever encroaching assault on the world of automotive software has taken a step further today with the announcement of the company’s new Auto 4.0 vehicle software platform. Microsoft Auto is essentially an operating system that can run various software services and...

  • Ford SYNC
    Ford to launch SYNC in Europe by 2010, Asia Pacific and Australia to follow

    Late yesterday Ford revealed its latest-generation SYNC in-car connectivity system, which for 2009 is updated with a new personalized Traffic, Directions and Information system. The new services will be available on nearly all 2010 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models, however, their availability will...

  • Ford's Sync system
    Updated Ford SYNC provides personalized traffic, directory and news services

    Ford is enhancing the connectivity capabilities of its vehicles by introducing exclusive new SYNC real-time information features that deliver personalized news updates to drivers’ mobile phones while also helping them navigate around trouble spots in the hope to save time and fuel. SYNC is an...

  • BMW's implementation of the Microsoft Surface display
    BMW first carmaker to implement Microsoft's multi-touch Surface

    The customer experience at BMW - especially when taking delivery at the factory in Europe - is a unique one, soon to be made more unique by the inclusion of Microsoft's Surface, a multi-touch screen capable of some rather impressive maneuvers. BMW is the first carmaker in the world to implement the...

  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
    Hyundai and Microsoft join forces for new technology research

    Hyundai will soon be joining the likes of Ford and Fiat by offering a new music and information interface developed jointly with software giant Microsoft. To enable that collaboration, the two companies have announced the founding of a dedicated Automotive IT Innovation Centre (AIIC) with the aid...

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