A report in the New York Times has confirmed what many of us who drive have always feared; Microsoft software in your car.
According to the newspaper, Microsoft wants to use the CE operating system to drive devices which will let you do day-to-day tasks including reading your email and surfing the world wide web.
The project - called Apollo - is a follow-up to an earlier scheme, announced last year, in which both Intel and Microsoft were cooperating to develop systems to help people drive their cars.
Both Ford and Daimler have already expressed interest in the Microsoft project, which will also include on-board navigation, according to the report.
But the whole scheme could be kyboshed in countries worried more about safety than software. The UK government is moving to prevent the use of handheld mobiles on the road and surfing the Web could prove a further distraction, depending on the subject browsed.
Further worries centre around such things as unexpected bugs in either software or hardware. In the worst case, these could cause accidents while some drivers are understood to be worried about deals with multinational corporations which could cause your vehicle to swerve into burger joints without prior notice.
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