Hyundai-Kia have teamed up with Microsoft to develop in-car infotainment systems
6 May 2008

Hyundai-Kia and Microsoft have today announced a long-term partnership to develop the next-generation of in-car infotainment systems.The first product from this alliance will be a device that provides voice-controlled connectivity with mobile phones. It’ll be introduced in North America in 2010. There’ll also be new-age multimedia and navigation devices within two years. The next generation of in-car entertainment systems will be comparable to ‘mini-PCs’, a statement said. Microsoft is taking this broadening of their market influence in Asia very seriously. Bill Gates was on hand in Seoul this afternoon to sign an agreement with Mongku Chung, the chairman of the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group. It will mean the firms develop the new technology based on Microsoft’s software.

Will Powell

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7 May 2008

I absolutely hate all this stuff. Hyundai and Kia cars are so unutterably dull that they have to install mini-pcs to generate interest!

Will they have flip down keyboards like the chavs install in Puntos/Novas/Saxos around the country?

Call me a luddite, if you will, but I can still find enough enjoyment in driving to live without all this rubbish in my car. In fact my 205gti still has wind up windows, and I love it!

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