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Microsoft is looking forward to teaming up with Taiwanese partners as part of the software
giant’s plans to develop “connected cars” that recognize voice commands, a company executive said Tuesday in Taipei.
Samuel Shen, chief operating officer at the Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group, said the company has developed a prototype of a connected car using the “Cortana” voice-recognition virtual assistant of the Windows 10 operating system.
The prototype of the Cortana-based connected car also has its windscreen integrated with a navigation system, allowing the virtual assistant to show the location of the driver’s nearby preferred locations on the windscreen or make restaurant reservations, he said.
“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 said during his opening keynote speech at the TechDays Taiwan developer conference. He did not mention the names of any potential Taiwanese partners nor did he set up a timetable to develop Cortana-based connected cars. [FULL STORY]