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[Concept] Windows 8 Automotive edition.

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    [Concept] Windows 8 Automotive edition.


    I was thinking that Windows 8 could theoretically be the ultimate in-car audio-visual-navigation system. It would have access to the Marketplace, so it can run all Windows 8 applications. This also allows for Microsoft to unify the in car nav ecosystem.

    Hardware:
    7-9" touchscreen
    Specifications either equal to Windows 8 RT's requirements or between Win8RT and WinPhone8's requirements.
    Includes GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, and optional (but reccomended) HSPA/LTE celluar modem.
    Steering wheel controls for bluetooth phone and media controls (that control current media program)
    physical buttons, such as cd/gps/vehiclestatus hotkeys, volume keys, eject disk, power
    Cd Drive!

    Software:
    Mostly Windows 8 RT, but with no desktop at all.
    Decent CD application that launches automatically when a disk is inserted.
    Bluetooth management app, which allows you to easily connect your phone to the system and interface with the phone like all smart auto systems can (handsfree calls, media streaming with controls, etc)
    gps application has audible directions, and can map gas stations on your path and look up prices on gasbuddy.com or something.
    Includes a car application that gives your car's complete status information, and allows you to configure some settings

    Thoughts? My explanation is a bit unclear, but I believe Microsoft could make a really awesome in-car system based on Windows 8 RT or Windows Phone 8.

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    Well, Microsoft already has the Sync system that is in Ford vehicles. It's unlikely they would do something like you suggest because the opportunity for distracting the driver is so high... in-dash systems have been working to become less and less distracting while still providing the features users want.

    Many years ago, Microsoft had an actual product called the AutoPC. This was a voice controlled PC that offered a lot of features, but in general it was expensive and didn't provide that much real functionality.
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    24 hours in an all Microsoft world |

    This is an interesting read about living 24 hours in a Microsoft world...

    Pretty cool I think!
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    History of Windows Embedded Automotive 7 | Microsoft Auto Older Versions

    Automotive Technology | Windows Embedded Automotive 7 Key Features

    Automotive Devices | Windows Embedded Automotive 7 Technical Specs

    How to Buy Windows Embedded Automotive 7


    Although the Windows 7 embedded compact version is mentioned in the above links, Windows embedded standard 7 is available to download, and you can build almost any system you can imagine - from a set-top box home theatre pc to a kiosk pc - you can even build your own desktop OS.

    Connected Devices | Windows Devices | Windows Embedded Standard 7

    Windows Embedded Standard 8 has been released as preview versions at the same time as the Windows 8 consumer preview and Windows 8 release preview. There is similar functionality availability as the windows 7 version, except the windows 8 version is a short term trial, with OSs that you build are only operational for 30 days. In Windows embedded standard 7 sp1 you could build OSs that you could evaluate for 90 days, or 1 year with an academic license.

    Intelligent Devices | Windows Devices | Windows Embedded Standard 8 CTP 2
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    Yes, but waht I'm thinking of is user upgradeable and compatible with Windows 8 applications.
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    Windows 8 embedded uses the same codebase as Windows 8 - runs on the same hardware, runs the same software, looks the same etc, except for branding screens. Embedded image builder version has some Windows 8 RT development tools, so it must have support for the ARM processor too, although documentation is scarce.
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