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- How will Microsoft use Cortana to improve car technology
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Ever since the company has announced that they will be integrating their voice technology on vehicles, tech websites have been taking turns at guessing the uses of Microsoft’s Cortana Assistant on cars. The integration of the famous digital assistant will increase drivers’ attention on the road.
It was about time Microsoft expanded their products to non-PC devices, as well. The famous software producer announced on Thursday that they will be entering the car developing industry by integrating their digital assistant Cortana on vehicle prototypes.
Based on their official announcement, the interface of the app will be placed on the windshield of the car. Pop up messages and pieces of information related to searches will be displayed in drivers’ sight-line to minimize all incident risks.
Yet, this decision has not been completely approved; Microsoft is now considering the possibility to add the Cortana assistant to the passenger’s seat. In the end, we assume they will choose the position that is less cumbersome for drivers. It could be really useful if some car makers would give customers the possibility to choose where they want their Cortana assistant to be placed upon purchase.
Samuel Shen, Microsoft’s COO for the Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group, has stated that drivers will control the assistant through a head-up display. Voice command technology will also be embedded in the future to give users the possibility to control Cortana without taking their eyes away from the road.
But let’s take a look at some of the operations that drivers may be able to accomplish once they will get Microsoft’s 10 Cortana in their cars. Much like in the case of the smartphone digital assistant, the car-based program may be used to make dinner reservations, cancel meetings, call contacts and search data on the Internet.
We expect the car version of Cortana to be more vehicle friendly, considering that drivers need navigation-related information. According to Shen, the assistant can quickly provide traffic information and navigational directions to all drivers’ quests.
Microsoft is not expected to release the new Cortana for cars anytime soon, particularly since the program has just entered the trial phase. The software company is considering options to make the digital assistant less costly than products of competing companies.
For this reason, they could sign partnerships with Taiwanese companies to develop both low- and high-end versions of Cortana. More news will come once the launching date grows near.
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