http://www.detnews.com/2005/autosinsider/0504/29/01-166755.htmGates challenges auto industry to embrace technology
By Adrienne Schwisow / Associated Press
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.
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.
Eventually, Gates said, there could be a car that wouldn't let itself crash.
"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."
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.
The company said its technology is currently in 25 vehicle devices from 13 automotive companies.
Microsoft also owns MSN Autos, a vehicle information and buying network.
Theres' a few things that could be said here... obvious things, but I'll leave it.