Good catch by Tom Warren at the Verge.
He spotted a very interesting job description on the Microsoft careers website.
Some details of the gig:
We, the Microsoft Connected Car team, have a strong track record and an extensive customer base in the automotive industry. In the past fourteen years, we delivered various iterations of our Windows Embedded Automotive http://www.microsoft.com/windowsembedded/en-us/evaluate/windows-embedded-automotive-7.aspx> platform to the automotive suppliers of major auto brands such as Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, and McLaren. We also partnered directly with select automakers to create integrated Telematics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telematics> products such as Fiat Blue&Me http://www.fiat.com/cgi-bin/pbrand.dll/FIAT_COM/blueme/blueme.jsp>, Ford SYNC http://www.ford.com/technology/sync/>, and Kia UVO http://www.kia.com/>. Featuring cutting-edge communications, travel information, entertainment, and accessory control via voice and touch interfaces, these products have been highly successful, increasing the automakers’ US sales of by up to 35% and telematics adoption up to 70%.
Yet our ambitions do not end there. For the next generation of the Connected Car Platform, we plan to leverage the full power of the Microsoft ecosystem including Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Live, Bing, Azure, and Tellme.
The combination of rich local sensing, user identification, cloud access, and data mining will transform tomorrow’s cars from passive objects into intelligent assistants for both the driver and their passengers.
The new Connected Car will know its riders, and will interact with them naturally via speech, gestures, and face tracking. It will learn their habits, and offer personalized contextual information and driving assists to get them to their destination as quickly and safely as possible.
Through a growing catalogue of applications, it will inform and entertain them, and keep them connected with the people and information they care about. The possibilities are endless.
Yeah, makes sense.
Remember when I told you Microsoft wanted you to live in a Microsoft World all 24 hours of your day?
Remember how the vision was to get your car working for you as well?
There you have it.