• Dec 20, 2006
Thanks to sister site Engadget, we've learned about a new collaboration between Ford and Microsoft that will put a personal computer in your car. Expected to debut as early as next year on some Ford vehicles and be shown both at CES and NAIAS in January, the system is known as Blue&Me, although the name could change when it reaches our shores. Similar to the project with FIAT, it will support cross-platform Bluetooth smartphones and hopefully some of other neat features found on the FIAT system.
As Engadget tells us, the Windows Automotive technology allows drivers to access their phones through the car's stereo, to use voice commands and steering wheel-mounted controls to control the audio, and to read text messages via the car's computer. A USB port in the glove compartment will also allow audio expansion using any compatible device. Down the road (ha ha) the system will include GPS control and weather and traffic-monitoring systems as well.

[Source: Engadget]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      So, Ford becomes another per-license beta tester. Smartest move Ford could make according to Microsoft. But, who knows and maybe we'll see every Ford 500 come loaded with an Xbox 360.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Plus, the new 'Mail Time' function allows you to check your mail with Blue and Steve!!!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      You may even be able to drive in the car, too!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good job Ford, another "Bold Move."
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are you sure that you would like to turn your left turn signal off?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "This is the future! An Acura Nav has more options availble today and you will not need to worry about running into the blue screen of death. Good job Ford, add to your quality problems."

      Are you aware that the Acura Nav system runs Windows CE? :) (really, it does!)
      • 8 Years Ago
      In never ceases to amaze me how morons manage to operate computers.

      Microsoft currently makes a lot of automotive systems. The car you are driving now may have some of the systems software. In addition, someone above already mentioned that a lot of Nav systems use CE as the core operating system (both factory and after-market).

      You all are very clever though....
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is an example of Ford finally doing the right things. This is cutting edge stuff, that will be standard in a few years, and Ford is leading the way forward. Ford - keep it up!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would be nice if people went back to driving their cars and not treating them as moving restaurants, beauty parlors, offices, and phone booths.

      Nobody needs a "blue screen of death" to agitate them while driving.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just what I want to do. Reboot my car every 10 minutes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Down the road (ha ha) the system will include GPS control and weather and traffic-monitoring systems as well."
      This is the future! An Acura Nav has more options availble today and you will not need to worry about running into the blue screen of death. Good job Ford, add to your quality problems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, but how will a Ford Vehicle choose to respond to "Dear aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all"

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLa3Wac4O2A
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