Friday 23 March 2018

CES 2016 – Microsoft wants you to be able to work from your car

CES 2016
CES 2016

Emma Clark

Microsoft announced two partnerships at CES 2016, one with IAV and one with HARMAN, that will enable office workers to stay productive while commuting.

Microsoft’s recent offerings have all been about helping you stay productive on the go. At CES, it revealed that it’s working on ways to keep you connected while commuting.

Microsoft has partnered with IAV, described in the press release as “an engineering services firm and worldwide pioneer of highly automated driving,” to one day use Windows 10 Continuum to stream Windows 10 directly to the car's dashboard.

Meanwhile, Microsoft also announced a partnership with HARMAN, which could result in cars that support Microsoft’s productivity software. That means you’ll be able to take Skype calls, respond to e-mails using your voice, and shuffle your calendar around. It’s not yet known when Microsoft Office 365 features will be available through HARMAN’s car systems.

Microsoft and IAV will also demonstrate some automated car technology that will be powered by Windows 10 and Microsoft Azure cloud services. Its press release reads:

“The technological benefits of this approach will be demonstrated at CES based on the following example, a scenario that drove the development: A pedestrian with a wearable device is walking toward the road, concealed by a parked vehicle. The device is located by nearby intelligent roadside infrastructure that is connected to the Azure cloud. This IAV and Microsoft solution incorporates Azure IoT Suite, connected vehicle and infrastructure data, and Cortana Analytics for predictive hazard modelling.”

“Cloud solutions of this nature can be used to transfer information from the surrounding environment, like traffic light sensors, into the connected vehicle to better predict safety procedures. The CHAD vehicle then receives a V2X warning that permits the safe, convenient adjustment of its driving dynamics in order to detect and avoid the hazard in plenty of time."

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