July 16, 2002

Microsoft computing systems found in more automobiles

Redmond, Washington – Microsoft Corporation announced that its technology is featured in the computing and communications systems in 12 car models from five auto manufacturers. Unveiled this year in the U.S., Japan and European markets are BMW, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo models showcasing advanced navigation, communication and infotainment devices.

Microsoft provides Siemens VDO Automotive AG, the preferred navigation supplier of BMW of North America LLC; Clarion Co. Ltd., the preferred navigation supplier of Citroen; and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the preferred navigation supplier of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (manufacturer of Subaru-brand cars) and Volvo Cars of North America LLC with Microsoft technology. The Windows operating system Powered solution is implemented in the following ways:

  • BMW’s 7 Series includes a navigation application, part of theinnovative BMW iDrive concept.
  • Citroen’s C5 and Xsara telematics solution includes turn-by-turn navigation capabilities, hands-free cellular phone control, voice recognition and text-to-speech, maintenance status, and wireless synchronization of data with mobile devices.
  • Mitsubishi’s Mirage Dingo, Airtrek, Lancer Cedia and Chariot Grandis include expert navigation capabilities.
  • Subaru’s Legacy Lancaster ADA (Japanese model) includes a leading-edge navigation system, part of the latest Active Driving Assist (ADA) feature, which helps drivers negotiate driving challenges such as sharp turns.
  • Volvo’s S60, S80, V70 and Cross Country models include a high-performance Road and Traffic Information (RTI) navigation system that incorporates locally based services and the Traffic Messenger Channel (TMC).

“We’ve invested considerable time and resources to build the most flexible, reliable and cost-effective technology to fit every type of car, from an entry-level sedan to a luxury model,” said Bob McKenzie, general manager of the Automotive Business Unit at Microsoft. “It’s tremendously satisfying to see our innovations implemented in today’s vehicles. Once consumers become accustomed to telematics products and services in the car, opportunities will soar.”

Earlier this month, an independent research report revealed that shipments of the company’s Windows embedded operating systems had more than doubled this year, demonstrating continuing industrywide support for Microsoft’s platform technologies. In addition, suppliers and automakers continue to line up behind Windows CE for Automotive, committing to offering drivers and passengers a unique, rich and safe telematics experience.

For more information on Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive, see www.microsoft.com/automotive.

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