REDMOND, Wash. — First Microsoft set out to put a computer in every home. Now the software giant hopes to put one in every vehicle, too.
“We’d like to have one of our operating systems in every car on Earth,” said Dick Brass, vice-president of Microsoft’s automotive business unit. “It’s a lofty goal.”
Cars with the Microsoft software will speak up when it’s time for an oil change. They’ll warn drivers about wrecks on the road ahead and scout alternative routes. They’ll pay freeway tolls automatically. The software running their brakes will upgrade itself wirelessly.
This would bring the “blue screen of death” to unparalleled levels.