While itís doubtful that Microsoft plans to slap a Kinect controller onto your dashboard, automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are actively working on gesture-based controls for their vehicles. And considering the crew from Redmond already has the technology and a range of automaker partners, itís not surprising that Microsoft wants to be a serious, embedded player in the ultimate mobile device.
This isnít Microsoftís first foray into the automotive space. The software companyís Windows Embedded architecture has been employed by an extensive list of automakers, including Honda, Nissan, Aston Martin and BMW. More recently, Microsoft has partnered with Ford to launch its Sync system, Kiaís UVO infotainment setup and Fiatís Blue&Me in-car entertainment and navigation services.