Microsoft wants your car: Fiat 500L gets Windows Embedded Automotive OS
A Windows powered car is not anything new; Ford has been factory installing their Windows Embedded in-vehicle communications and entertainment system, SYNC, with cars since 2007.
Now, six years later, Fiat is getting in on the action by installing a redesigned Uconnect system based on the architecture into their latest 500L model. The Fiat 500 was first produced in 1957 until sales plummeted in 1975; the rebirth of the car, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, was in 2007. To this day, the Fiat 500 is still considered as one of the first city vehicles and as an automobile that truly redefined the term "small car".
The newly redesigned Fiat Uconnect system, running on the Windows Embedded Automotive OS, features a 5 inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, and voice recognition support. If that isn't enough, you can upgrade to Uconnect 6.5 which sports a larger 6.5 inch display and provides a dealer-activated navigation system with over 6 million points of interest. Using the voice recognition system, drivers can respond to text message by selecting from a list of 18 predefined responses.
The effort to integrate Windows began ten years ago in 2003; a team of Fiat and Microsoft employees met in Redmond to discuss possible collaboration. The development of the platform began in early 2004 during which, Microsoft developed the hardware and software from scratch. In June of 2005, the project was handed over to Fiat for final production.
Candido Peterlini, director of Product Planning Infotainment at Fiat, stated that Uconnect was a perfect balance of technology and implementation: “We needed a high-quality, upgradable solution, but didn’t want a huge processor that would drive up costs. With Windows Embedded, we found the sweet spot.”
Are any of our readers sporting a Ford with SYNC technologies or planning to upgrade their current ride to a Fiat 500L?
Source: Microsoft News Center (opens in new tab), The Fire House, Windows Embedded Blog (opens in new tab)
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It's actually really frustrating becuase if I'm streaming, I have to wait for the song to start playing before I know what it is so I can skip it. Or take my phone out and look, but I dont like doing that while I drive. First world problems.
That may explain the issues. Unless they are now using the latest version.Then nevermind.
If you have a Windows Phone 8 device, you can also play unencrypted songs over USB.
Also the mapping is done through maps from Navteq, part of Nokia. I'm fully covered :)
In fact many many cars have systems running Windows Embedded. Also most cars, at least in Europa, use maps from Navteq, part of Nokia.
Also looking at the new Pioneer head units, it looks like they are sporting a Microsoft/Windows8 logo as home button.
"Is anyone having problems with their Ford Sync system after the recent Nokia WiFi update? I have a Ford Fusion with the Microsoft Sync system installed and have successfully used it with various phones and brands. Some of the devices that were able to sync were iPhone 3, 3Gs, 4, Samsung Captivate, HTC Inspire, Motorola Atrix, and Lumia 900. Each phone did a good job with this system and depending on the make, had some limitations that were expected. I upgraded to the Lumia 920 a few weeks ago and love the phone. The phone connected well with the Sync system and did everything that was expected and all was well. Then there was an update from Nokia upgrading the WiFi and other settings.
Now when I try to place a call or have an incoming call it automatically puts the call into 'Private Mode,' which is when one would rather use the device than use the stereo mic and speakers. I am surprised because these are both Microsoft products and it worked well before. Does anyone know a fix for this or can the updates be reversed until they figure this out?".
The only solution for this issue is to uncheck Bluetooth and recheck it. This can be dangerous while driving, so I have to pull off the road :(
My other two cars have 2nd Gen "My Ford Touch" and I do not see the problem happening on that platform.
Every time I interact with my slow ass VW RNS 510 I wish MS and Ford would just dump Sync and get WP8 smoothness in there.