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How Microsoft sees the connected car

Patrick Nelson | Dec. 16, 2014
Bryan T. Biniak, Global VP & General Manager at Microsoft in Silicon Valley spoke on where he sees the connected car going — and it shouldn't just be a parallel existence, he thinks.

Biniak said that in-car apps should also tune to where you are when you're traveling.

He thinks that this is particularly important for kids, and suggests that apps should start to wind up as the car gets closer to its destination, thus enabling the adult to retrieve the tablet from the child, or presumably from a spouse, with the minimum of fuss. They won't be in the middle of vital dragon slaying, or other such activity, for example.

Understanding the individual

Navigation and in-car apps should try to understand the type of individual that the driver is and what's important to that person, he says.

An example used was getting gas. Not only should the car tell the driver before running out of gas — as all cars do today — but it should tell you where the nearest station or cheapest gas is based on your location.

In other words, it should differentiate advice between family members. Cost and proximity of gas may be differing priorities for spouses, for example. Everything offered by the car's search and recommendation functionality should be geared to what the occupant likes, in Biniak's vision.

Other elements that could be proffered by the car include job searching on the move, and a friend finder, he said.

The smart home should be integrated, with the car advising the equally sensitive house when it gets close, so it can warm up, for example. At the same time, the car should advise family members of the arrival time and mood of the car's driver.

The whole thing should be wrapped in night vision, facial and Cortana-like voice recognition — along with the aforementioned intuition, of course.

All I can say is: Are we there yet?


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