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Microsoft Envisions Software That Enables Cars to Fix Themselves and Avoid Crashes

May 03, 2005

DEARBORN, MI — Microsoft Corp. CEO Bill Gates and the CEO of Ford Motor Co. on April 29 outlined a future in which software enables cars to fix themselves and avoid accidents, according to an Associated Press article in the New York Times.Gates and Bill Ford Jr., Ford's chairman and chief executive officer, said high-definition screens, speech recognition technology, cameras, digital calendars, and navigation equipment with directions and road conditions will set car companies apart from their competitors. Eventually, Gates said, there could be a car that wouldn't let itself crash."That absolutely should be the goal," Gates told several hundred participants of the Microsoft Global Automotive Summit at the automaker's suburban Detroit campus. "The embrace of technology will be the key for the leaders of the industry."Microsoft said its technology is currently in 25 vehicle devices from 13 automotive companies. Microsoft also owns MSN Autos, a vehicle information and buying network.
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