VW boots up the Eos
Volkswagen has teamed up with Microsoft for this year's CeBIT technology show to exhibit a multimedia- and communications-enhanced version of VW's new Eos. (So would we call the joint venture Volksoft? Microwagen?)
Built for the "Digital Living" segment of the show, the PC-powered Eos features a car PC from inperio Systems, located in the central fold-down armrest built into the rear seatback. Dual 7-inch monitors are embedded in the back of the front seat headrests. A wireless in-car network connects an external keyboard and game controllers, and the system supports a navigation application, plus the usual PC functionality for pictures, video, music, and communications.
Nothing earth-shaking, technology-wise, but it's interesting to see auto manufacturers slowly exploring the idea of using the PC platform as an alternative to dedicated hardware.