After Apple’s CarPlay, Microsoft is also gearing up to bring ‘Windows in the car’. A prototype is under development, and may lead to roads very soon.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a history of Windows in different devices apart from consumer electronics. Even for the cars, the Redmond developers developed a special version of Windows, primarily used by Ford, Kia, BMW, Nissan and Fiat.
Now the company has plans to inject Modern UI into cars’ infotainment systems. At BUILD 2014, Microsoft demoed a concept of ‘Windows in the Car,’ a platform that mirrors your Windows devices on your in-car display.
Steve Teixeira, Director of Program Management detailed the prototype. It uses MirrorLink that enables smartphones integration with the infotainment system, to display smartphone apps on to in-car display.
“MirrorLink started out as a research project. Researcher Jörg Brakensiek, from Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, US, took results from the noBounds! project—invented by researcher Bernd Steinke from the Nokia Research Center in Bochum, Germany—and applied them to the automotive domain,” reads Wikipedia.
The prototype has a Start page that shows speed limit of the route; search for location and settings options; and a pattern of tiles so as to pin the most important things on it. It has three views: Navigation, Now Playing and Climate.
When you swipe in from the right, you see My Apps and a marketplace that suggests a possible SDK to develop apps, tailored for the platform. It integrates call and messaging feature intelligently to avoid any distraction while driving. In addition, the prototype comes with Xbox Radio, therefore, you can also enjoy your favorite radio station on the go.
Currently, Microsoft has been testing the project ‘Windows in the Car’ with numerous car makers to bring Windows into vehicles.