Menu

M2M FEATURE NEWS

Windows Joins Apple, Google and BlackBerry in Connected Cars

By Rachel Ramsey April 07, 2014

Apple CarPlay, Android OS and BlackBerry’s QNX Software have all made noise in the connected car space. Last but not least, we have a Windows car-friendly interface.

Windows has actually been used in different car entertainment systems in the past – automakers Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan and Fiat have used versions of the technology to power their interfaces and systems.

At last week’s Build conference, Microsoft unveiled Windows on Devices, the company’s strategy to bring Windows to the Internet of Things. The company also discussed its plans for the future of Windows in vehicles and concept design for Windows in the Car, which aims to display a phone screen on an in-vehicle display screen.

The current prototype uses the connectivity standard Mirrorlink, which connects smartphones and car infotainment systems. It uses IP connections, Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi among other Internet technologies for compatibility in devices, and uses Virtual Network Computing (VNC) to replicate a phone’s display on the navigation screen and initiate two-way communication between the devices. The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) offers standardized MirrorLink certification so only approved applications are accessible while driving.

With Windows in cars, users can check emails, messages and make calls through the dashboard. They can also see vital information like speed limit, navigation data, climate control and applications. App developers can have the option to design apps that enforce safe driving behaviors for when cars are and are not moving.

Check out what other the other major players are working on in the connected car space:

Some of these are more developed and sophisticated than others, but one thing is for certain: The future of the cars will absolutely be about blurring the lines between different platforms, like our smartphones and cars, and making them collaborative. The driving experience will become a seamless way for these devices and systems to communicate and transmit data, and make entertainment, navigation, communication and safety easy to use, predictive and feature-rich in vehicles. 




Edited by Alisen Downey

Content Director

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Sensata's New Motor Offers Precision Valve Control for Connected Machines

By: Ken Briodagh    6/27/2017

Sensata Technologies has announced the release of its new Limited Angle Torque (LAT) Motor, BEI Kimco model LAT22-18, for motorized valve control for …

Read More

Sanechips Licenses CEVA-X1 IoT Processor for NB-IoT Connected Devices

By: Ken Briodagh    6/27/2017

CEVA, a licensor of signal processing IP for smarter connected devices, has announced that Sanechips Technology, formerly ZTE Microelectronics, has li…

Read More

NetComm Wireless and Telefonica announce global IoT supply agreement

By: Ken Briodagh    6/23/2017

In a recent joint release, NetComm Wireless and Telefonica have announced the signing of an IoT Device Supply Agreement.

Read More

Senet to Support India LoRaWAN IoT Network for SenRa

By: Ken Briodagh    6/22/2017

SenRa and Senet Managed Network Services partnership enables rapid deployment of LoRaWAN connectivity for millions of IoT devices in India

Read More

Thuraya IP M2M Service Launches to Connect the Internet of Remote Things

By: Ken Briodagh    6/21/2017

New Thuraya service enables applications in utilities, logistics, oil and gas, and renewable energy

Read More