Microsoft has unveiled a new breed of in-car electronics systems at the CES show in Las Vegas.
Ford had already adopted the computer giant’s ‘Sync’ system which links PDAs, mobile phones, iPods and sat nav systems, enabling the driver to control each gadget using voice commands.
Now a more advanced version has been launched in Vegas which could eventually be offered on European Fords and Volvos. Among other functions, the new Sync system automatically connects to the emergency services in the event of an airbag going off. It can also run a complete diagnostic check on your car and posts the results on a website for download.
Meanwhile Fiat has taken on Microsoft’s Blue&Me media integration systems for its new 500. The most modern version of Blue&Me, which now incorporates a satellite navigation system, is debuting in an Alfa Romeo Spider at the show.