Siemens VDO and Microsoft are teaming up to develop in-vehicle communication, information, entertainment and navigation products. The first product, to be built by Siemens VDO based on the MS Auto software platform, is expected to go into production in 2009, faster than usual in the automotive industry.
Siemens VDO plans to build a platform that integrates entertainment functions and portable consumer devices more closely into the vehicle using the Microsoft Auto platform, a general-purpose in-car software technology. Microsoft will develop Auto focusing on multimedia applications and devices integration.
The two hope this software-based approach will speed up vehicle makers' ability to add the latest entertainment and communication devices to their vehicles.
"We will be able to incorporate the rapidly changing trends in consumer electronics into the world of automotive electronics in an ideal way," said Helmut Matschi, member of the board of Siemens VDO.