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

Join the debate


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!

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again