July 15, 2004 9:35 AM PDT
Microsoft, Fiat team on car technology
The companies said they will design
Fiat and Microsoft said the partnership will be long term, without divulging any further terms of the deal.
The new systems will feature Windows Automotive software and will be based on standard hardware. Fiat's component arm, Magneti Marelli, will develop the hardware on which the systems are integrated, using a reference design to be developed by Microsoft and Fiat. The companies said they plan to make the system interoperable with the vehicles' controller area network for diagnostic data.
Although efforts to marry cars and computers have so far failed to make a dent in the market,
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