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05-01-2005, 05:50 PM
An interesting article from <A HREF="http://www.detnews.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.detnews.com</A><p>Gates challenges auto industry to embrace technology<p><br>By Adrienne Schwisow / Associated Press<p><br>Carlos Osorio / Associated Press<p>Software mogul Bill Gates highlights how computer technology has accelerated the automotive industry during the Microsoft Global Automotive Summit in Dearborn Friday. Gates outlined a future in which software enables cars to fix themselves and never crash. <br> <p>Comment on this story<br>Send this story to a friend<br>Get Home Delivery <br> <p>DEARBORN -- Microsoft Corp. mogul Bill Gates and the leader of Ford Motor Co. outlined a future Friday in which software enables cars to fix themselves and never crash. <p>Gates and Ford chairman and chief executive Bill Ford Jr. said having high-definition screens in vehicles, speech recognition, cameras, digital calendars and navigation equipment with directions and road conditions will set car companies apart from their competitors. <p>Eventually, Gates said, there could be a car that wouldn't let itself crash. <p>"That absolutely should be the goal," Gates told a group of several hundred during 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." <p>Also on Friday, Microsoft unveiled what it calls its Performance Peak Initiative -- a line of computer systems to help the auto industry better coordinate supply chains, streamline design, production and sales and fill vehicles with computer gadgets. <p>The company said its technology is currently in 25 vehicle devices from 13 automotive companies. <p>Microsoft also owns MSN Autos, a vehicle information and buying network. <p>Ford praised ways the car industry and technology companies are working together -- Gates said Microsoft has an entire product group working only on automotive technology -- and Ford said engineers are bringing new ideas "faster than we can assimilate" them. <p>But the software they dream of isn't limited to technology that actually goes in vehicles, like the kind that could allow a car to talk in real-time to a service center that tells it how to repair itself, the leaders said. <p>Instead, it includes technology that allows disparate companies and departments around the world to work together more smoothly and gauge complicated issues facing carmakers. <p>Marv Adams, Ford senior vice president and chief information officer, pointed to the complex financial problems created by the federal government's corporate average fuel economy, or CAFE, standards, as one kind of area where special technology from Microsoft could help maximize profits more efficiently. <p>"Whose brain is big enough to figure out how to operate profitably with CAFE?" he asked. <p>Ford echoed Gates that being on the forefront of useful new technology is the way to get ahead. <p>"There are going to be those who have it and those who don't. And even those who get it later are going to be a generation behind," Ford said.<br>

05-01-2005, 08:24 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Gates outlined a future in which software enables cars to fix themselves and never crash.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Perhaps they should be applying this sort of thing to Windows before they get any delusions of automotive grandeur.

05-02-2005, 05:42 AM
Windows anti crash software.......RATFLMAO