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Microsoft deal to bring mini-PCs to cars


Microsoft has signed a deal with the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group (HKAG) to bring a new generation of mini-PCs into cars.

The two companies will work together to develop new ‘infotainment’ systems for use in Hyundai and Kia cars.

Microsoft’s chairman Bill Gates said: “These new systems will redefine consumer experiences in the car.

“Since the spring of 2006, HKAG and Microsoft have been sharing their vision for the future of in-car technology.

"We’re now aligned to develop the next generation of in-car infotainment systems.”

The first product will be a system that provides voice-controlled connectivity be-tween mobile devices.

It is due in North America in 2010 and in Asia and Europe shortly afterwards.

The product will be expanded to include multimedia and navigation, as well as allowing drivers to enjoy music in various digital formats.

The systems will more closely resemble PCs than existing packages.

Microsoft and Hyundai-Kia have signed a memorandum of understanding to create an automotive IT innovation centre.

HKAG will invest £85 million to bring technology advancements into cars and develop new services.

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