Will Microsoft for the Car actually improve driving safety or become an extra distraction?
Somehow, with all this technology being available all around us, you can still see people talking over their cell phones while driving, a mistake that costs a tremendous number of lives every year. Therefore, a legitimate question is whether adding all sorts of gadgets, platforms, apps and software to the driving experience is truly safe or not. Apparently, Microsoft aims to offer car users not only a fun and entertaining driving experience, but also a safe one. Let’s not forget that until this year, Microsoft was the brains behind the Ford Sync — the company’s in-car informatics and telematics system that offered a selection of mirrored “car-safe” versions of smartphone apps and responded to voice commands.
The Microsoft for the Car won’t teach you to drive better, but at least it will allow you to entertain yourself and the passengers in the vehicle without taking your eyes from the road. The good news is that you won’t have to change the car to benefit from the future Microsoft in the Car platform, as many use the MirrorLink technology, which Microsoft also uses for its platform. The less good news is that we don’t know yet when this platform is going to become available.