Microsoft is looking to team up with Taiwanese partners as part of the software giant’s plans to develop cars that recognize voice commands, although the company has yet to give any indication as to who those partners might be.
Samuel Shen, chief operating officer at the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group, said that the company has developed a prototype of a connected car using the “Cortana” voice-recognition virtual assistant of the Windows 10 operating system.
At Microsoft’s annual industry event, TechDays Taiwan developer conference last month, Shen said in this keynote speech that:
“We have not launched similar products due to the high cost. But we hope to have further discussions with Taiwanese partners to jointly explore future possibilities.”
Shen’s remarks came after Microsoft demonstrated its “Windows in the Car” concept in April 2014, extending the functionality of a Windows Phone directly into a built-in car display.
Cathy Yeh, vice president of Microsoft Taiwan’s cloud and enterprise business group, told a media briefing at the event that most Taiwanese companies are developing internet-connected car solutions for the “post-install” vehicle segment, where Web-based software and devices are added after the car is finished.
However, Microsoft has teamed up with the Taiwan unit of German luxury carmaker BMW and Kingwaytek Technology, a Taiwan-based provider of digital maps, to expand its reach to the “pre-install” car segment that has software and devices installed during the car’s manufacture, Yeh said without elaborating on the project.