Microsoft’s Jay Loney with a Ford truck that uses the company’s automotive technology. (Erynn Rose Photo)

Our topic on the GeekWire radio show this week: The future of cars.

We explore the rise of the car as another Internet-enabled device in our lives — making it possible for vehicles to deliver online services, serve as platforms for apps and receive ongoing software updates to keep up with the times.

What’s the potential for augmented reality in the windshield? And will your future car be completely “driverless” or merely “autopilot”?

Joining us in the studio is Jay Loney, a principal program manager with Microsoft’s Automotive team, who gets to combine his love for hot rods with his interest in technology as part of the group that develops the information and entertainment systems for vehicles from Ford, Fiat, Kia and others. Listen to the conversation below or via this MP3 file.

Also check out this video of Loney, part of a series of videos by Microsoft highlighting the work of its automotive team.

For more background, here are a few stories that delve into the specific topics we discuss.

The show begins with our weekly news roundup. Topics include Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 update and Planetary Resources’ $1 million Kickstarter project to launch the first-ever public space telescope. (Here’s the story we reference from July 2011 about the company, then known as Arkyd.) Listen to the full show below or via this MP3 file.

App of the Week: NatureSpace Holographic Audio for iOS, Android and Windows 8.

Name that Tech Tune: Last week’s sound was from the dashboard for the original Xbox.

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  • FordFan

    I have 4 brand new Ford cars and trucks from the year 2010 to 2013. Each one has MySync in them.

    Mysync in concept is a great idea, but the implementation of it is quite poor. It would probably be a great experience if it wasn’t so damn slow! With a touch and a speak on my Android or iOS phone, I’ve got my directions. I have to type that stuff in on Sync and it takes FOREVER!

    An associate of mine and me where heading to Seattle, so we tried to type in the address on MySync and it took over 2 minutes before it couldn’t find it. Then I just reached for my phone and who-la! in under 10 seconds.

    Come on Microsoft, you can do so much better.

    I’m still a Ford fan but trying to figure out how to replace the MySync with something else…

    • Guest

      Yeah, this is another area where MS was fully a decade ahead of most competitors but failed to leverage that effectively and now finds itself behind. Frankly, they should probably exit this market now. It’s all going to go Android.

      • Guest

        Ford’s own developer network is using Android and not Microsoft. That should be a sign of the embedded system for Microsoft in Ford vehicles.

  • Guest

    Infotainment and telematics app development is not new, but not many people realize it even exists. Yoshi Kohno, at the UW, has shown how easily many of these systems can be compromised. He and his team of students were able to completely take over a Chevy car via the OnStar system from a cell phone. There’s some pretty cool things we can do with this technology, but there also needs to be far more awareness of the security implications as well (I’d prefer some hacker does not decide to deactivate my brakes or steering while I’m driving, yes…it’s possible with drive by wire systems in most new cars now). Cool stuff for the future of cars, just need to have developers who know what they are doing to prevent people from dying because of it.

  • lanister

    The look and functionality of the keyboard is said to be similar to the one seen on Acer’s already existing Ultrabook line up.until the next iphone 5s.

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