Home > Windows > World’s First Multi OS Environment For Car Navigation Systems World’s First Multi OS Environment For Car Navigation Systems Submitted by Howard Gray 2003-12-11 Windows 17 Comments Denso and Toshiba jointly develop world’s first multi OS environment for car navigation systems, which supports µITRON and Microsoft Windows Automotive. Check our NMC site for more embedded news. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 17 Comments 2003-12-11 1:08 am as long as i cna install Linux over them both, i don’t really care 2003-12-11 1:14 am i testdrove that toyota prius (hybrid) car yesterday and it had a pretty impressive onboard computer system. would anybody know what OS they used for that? It also has bluetooth too hook up yur phone. 2003-12-11 1:27 am I was picturing starting up my car and getting a GRUB boot menu screen on the console. 😉 2003-12-11 1:38 am I quite agree. theres no way I would trust a vehicle like that. 2003-12-11 1:38 am It won’t fly in Detroit because it only supports µITRON and Windows — and no posix support. The toyota prius uses microsoft windows ce. 2003-12-11 1:57 am Sorry, I would never drive in a car that has MS running on it. Better save than sorry. 2003-12-11 1:59 am sure to bring a whole new meaning to blue screen of death. 2003-12-11 2:57 am Oh great. No Microsoft software is going to power cars. This time around, instead of computers crashing it’s going to be cars. If windows becomes a standard OS for automotives, Microsoft will make a royalty on every car sold! When is someone going to draw the line for Microsoft? 2003-12-11 3:14 am that when the wince crashed on it, the doors locked and would not open, locking in some Korean official? 2003-12-11 3:26 am Carefull, you might end up in the oposite city side you were driving to. Multi OS = internet with “Microsoft Automotive” and u ITRON, that’s confising to me. 2003-12-11 6:23 am I was talking about the BMW, not this car. 2003-12-11 9:14 am Why run two OSes at the same time? Isn’t that just a waste or resources, epecially for a small embedded system. 2003-12-11 9:54 am You’re right, though it was a Thai official: http://asia.cnet.com/newstech/systems/0,39001153,39130270,00.htm 2003-12-11 6:16 pm I’m not trolling. This is truly how I feel. I’m a but fan of Toyota and think that the Prius is a very cool car. But I would NEVER EVERY buy a car that has MS software in it. I’m heading to Toyota’s web site now to e-mail them this. Not that I think they care about what I think. But if everyone that feels this way did this, it would certainly get their attention. 2003-12-11 7:05 pm Glad to hear MS makes a car navigation OS. Why just crash a computer & risk data, when you can crash a car and risk lives? 2003-12-12 12:13 am People, why is it everytime telematics comes up and MS people go off thinking that windows has anything to do with the car control. Telematics are completely seperate sub systems that in no way control anything in the car control. It’s a add in. By law you can’t have telematics controling your car. Your car is run by it’s Ptech. It’s a embedded controller with highly developed code controlling it. CAN and Dspace and others. Saying dumb things about BSOD and so forth just makes you look like an idiot. I would expect a whole lot more out of people. Furthermore I wouldn’t want linux running anything in my car either. The only OS i would even remotely trust is QNX. That being said plenty of prototypes in the automotive world run PC104 or Autobox controlers that run things like Matlab/simulink real time code on top of dos kernels, or Dspace respectively. Why do car companies use MS products for telematics? well duh, they have the best stuff out there for it. The things they are working towards is nearly a PC in a car dash, or more like a internet applaince, I guess the best example would be to put a Sony Evilla in the dash of a car. For a car company to implement it’s just easier, why mess with linux if you don’t have to. Besides the autoindustry is very closed, they don’t want to mess with GPL. 2003-12-13 3:07 am I was kidding.