Years ago, Chrysler standardized on the QNX operating system for its award-winning UConnect system; meanwhile, Fiat, like Ford, chose Microsoft Windows Embedded for its own telematics systems. Both Ford and Fiat have come under heavy criticism for their user interface, but both have dug down and kept their commitment to the operating system. According to betanews.com, Fiat will be re-upping with Microsoft, creating a new version of “Blue & Me” (apparently a reference to Windows’ famed Blue Screens of Death.) The system will be used on 15 models “under the Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Dodge, and Chrysler brands,” and on commercial vehicles; this would be the first time a Chrysler or Dodge vehicle has used the system. While such systems are normally thought of as software only, in this case it seems to be a hardware/software package, the attraction being the smaller processor and requirement for less storage space...
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