Korean manufacturers Hyundai and Kia have signed a deal with the world’s largest software company, Microsoft, for infotainment systems powered by Microsoft’s in car operating system.
The software which can run everything from the stereo to satellite navigation to showing service intervals, could find its way in all models in the Korean lineups. It will be designed both for premium and entry level applications.
The in-car operating system is expected for a 2010 deployment in the North American market. Other markets will follow depending on the program’s success.
The deal between Microsoft and Hyundai is the first of its kind between the software giant and an Asian auto-manufacturer, Ford already deploy a similar Microsoft system called Sync.
The Ford Sync can do a few cool things, it allows drivers to connect nearly any mobile phone or digital media player and operate them using voice commands or radio controls.
It can even receive SMS messages and read them aloud using a digitised female voice. The system is smart enough to convert shorthand messages such as LOL to “laughing out loud” and, it will even read swear words. But one thing it won’t do is decipher obscene acronyms!