The Italian car maker, Fiat, rolled off it iconic Nuova 500, in 1957, with a goal to introduce automobile around Vespa or Lambretta scooters.
Fast forward, in 2006, the company rollout of Fiat 500, with included Blue&Me, a state-of-the-art infotainment system jointly designed with Microsoft and powered by Windows Embedded Automotive and work well across more than 15 car models under the Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Dodge and Chrysler brands and others.
Now, for the 2012 rollout of the Fiat 500L, Fiat introducing "Uconnect" infotainment system, that features a 5-inch, high-resolution LCD touchscreen, radio with analog/digital tuners, support for multiple devices and media players, integration with Fiat's eco:Drive app, and the ability to install new applications and services.
Powered by Windows Embedded Automotive, "Uconnect 5.0" enables hands-free calling through Bluetooth-equipped smartphones. The system can also "read" texts received on paired phones equipped with both Bluetooth and Message Access Profile. Drivers can also reply to text messages by selecting from a list of 18 predefined responses -- all by using voice recognition.
And it will soon be available with support for Tomtom navigation.
In other news, Microsoft pushed a new Windows 8 televison advert, in its efforts to make the the operating system a bit less "confusing" that show everyone the basics of this major release.
The ad describe the key features of Windows 8, including the Start Screen, the Charms bar, live tiles, the new search feature, and many other improvements, most of which are going to be offered in Windows 8.1 as well.