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You’re thinking what on earth do a Fiat 500 and Microsoft have in common?

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That’s a good question and one, which I didn’t know the answer to until a little yellow Fiat 500 arrived, with what Microsoft claim is the “real” in-car hands free solution.

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It’s called Blue&Me and is a unique in-car Bluetooth system that uses Microsoft Windows technology to access both music and mobile phone functions, without the need to ever pick up your phone.

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But not any phone, you’ll need to get hold of a Windows enabled phone, before any of this technology can work.

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The partner of choice for this demonstration was the Fiat 500, with a 1.4-litre engine with a lazy 74kW and peak torque at 131Nm.

It only weighs 930 kilograms, so performance is not too bad with top speed of 182km/h and the 0-100 dash in a respectable 10.7 seconds.

It’s hard not to like Fiat’s 500, especially in this colour, it really is a very cool set of wheels for those wanting Italian style and flair, in a micro-economy package.

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The HTC Touch Diamond phone is undoubtedly a stylish looking unit, it looks and feels better than an iPhone, but the fact that this Bluetooth system is currently available with this handset alone, is somewhat restrictive.

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Once connected via a USB connection port in your car, you are prompted by a series of voice commands, which allow you to select either music or dial anyone in your contacts list, which you have conveniently downloaded from your PC.

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Does it work? Quite well in fact, especially given that you never need to pick up or look at your mobile phone to access music or phonebook.

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However, while it might be more advanced than your standard in car Bluetooth phone system, I wouldn’t call it ground breaking.

Perhaps I was expecting more from this Windows based technology, like being able to surf the web on a nice big LCD screen in the car.

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With laptop power anywhere from 4GB of memory and more than 300GB of storage, I would have thought surfing the web via your in-car wide screen LCD would be more than possible in this day and age.




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