Day 2 – American Journey 2.0 Road Trip to Maker Faire

Wheh!  What a long day today.  Started off great in the morning at Northwestern University showing off the Ford Fiestas and the Fiestaware platform, built on Windows 7 and Microsoft Robotics Studio, to engineering students and anyone else passing by.  We gave a lot of demos, handed out a bunch of DreamSpark and BizSpark postcards,…

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Ford unveils fledgling developer network for SYNC

Really enjoyed the Ford’s Keynote at CES today. Too much to talk  about, really.  A couple of very quick notes: It was fun to see Ford briefly mention the American Journey 2.0 project that I (and others at Microsoft) have been working with them and the University of Michigan on.    The design course is just…

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I’m so excited about Ford SYNC (aka Windows Automotive)!

I can’t wait to get my new Ford with SYNC!  See a review here.  Pricing is just $395.  Learn more about SYNC here here.  In one way or another, I’ve been involved in this domain for the last 7 years.  In fact, I moved from Seattle to join Ford back in 2000 mostly because I was…

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Siemens and Microsoft team up on in-vehicle computing

Technorati Tags: Cars , Automotive , In-vehicle software , manufacturing , Car OS Interesting story came out today here. It’s interesting for a few reasons: Siemens VDO (the automotive unit) will build solutions for Auto OEMs on Microsoft’s consumer focused, in-vehicle computing platform.  This platform is often called, Windows Automotive, but here is called Microsoft…

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Toyota’s Car OS vs. Ford’s Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive), Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2!  I didn’t expect this to be a series when I wrote the original post, but two things happened recently that might (I hope 🙂  ) make  a second post interesting.  First, Reuters picked up a story from the Nikkei business daily headlined “Toyota plans standards for in-car software”.    A few…

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Toyota’s Car OS vs. Ford’s Sync (Microsoft Windows Automotive)

Ok — let me come clean right up front: the headline here is slightly misleading because Toyota’s Car OS and Ford’s Sync are not really directly comparable.  For one thing, Toyota’s Car OS does not appear to exist yet — though it reportedly is under development.  They also have a somewhat different (but overlapping scope)…

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