Microsoft introduces Auto PC

In addition to the Palm PC, Microsoft also introduced the "Auto PC" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Auto PC is a car stereo-like device running Windows CE 2.0 that supports voice commands and speech recognition, updated traffic alerts via wireless navigation support, and an optional Global Positioning System (GPS). Auto makers such as Mercedes, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Hyundai will be adding the Auto PC to select cars, and aftermarket car stereo makers such as Alpine, Clarion, and Harman Kardon have agreed to manufacture Auto PC devices.

The Auto PC features a Windows CE 2.0 shell that is operated by voice commands or via a couple of simple buttons on the unit itself. Navigation software specifies directions by address, intersection, or points of interest and uses voice synthesis to communicate with the driver verbally. Auto PCs can store addresses and phone numbers, and link to a Palm PC, Handheld PC, or laptop computer via infrared. Auto PCs also include an AM/FM radio, and a cassette player or CD player so that normal car stereo features can be enabled.

For more information about the Auto PC, please visit the Microsoft Auto PC homepage

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