Continental to integrate Microsoft automotive platform

-January 08, 2007

MUNICH, Germany — Automotive technology company Continental AG has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft: The Hannover, Germany, based company intends to integrate Microsoft's automotive software platform into its telematics interface.

Continental's voice-controlled interface is intended to connect electronic devices including mobile handset and MP3 player wirelessly with the vehicle's audio system. In addition, the interface subsystem contains a USB port that allows for the connection of several digital consumer electronics devices.

The cooperation is aimed at worldwide automotive infotainment electronics markets. The company already announced that Ford Motor Company will use the Continental/Microsoft platform for the implementation of its FordSync integrated communication system. "Continental and Microsoft will jointly develop innovative solutions for drivers and passengers. The new generation of communication systems based on Microsoft's Automotive platform offers a simple, reliable and updatable solution for the integration of mobile devices in vehicles", explained Martin Thall, general manager of Microsoft's automotive division.

Continental regards the cooperation with Microsoft as part of its telematics strategy, the company said. Last year, Continental entered the automotive telematics market by acquiring the Motorola's automotive business.

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