The Connected Car

I was reading this morning about Windows Automotive.  The car has become a very "smart" place.  People have DVDs and other entertainment systems installed, cars track your location and give directions with GPS, cell phones interface via Blue Tooth now, the radio might be streaming from a satellite, and then there are all of the computers and systems running the engine.
Unifying and integrating the various systems opens up lots of possibilities for developers.  Think of the applications you could build.  The videos on the site are a bit cheesy but they start to give you some ideas of what you can do.

Tempering my enthusiasm over all of the things I could build and the possibilities this opens up is the thought of how some people drive today.  I have seen so many bad drivers I sometimes wonder if we should remove everything from cars, including the radio.  Will one more device make things even worse, or will it simply the various systems and help improve the current situation.  I guess only time will tell.

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