There’s no way this will end well.
The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas is the home to future technology and has recently become the place where companies reveal future technology for automobiles. While the majority of technology that we’ve seen is helpful (or at least cool), Harman and Microsoft have partnered together to make your daily commute even worse. Unbelievably, the two companies are working on bringing parts of Microsoft’s Office suite to your vehicle’s infotainment system. If that doesn’t sound like a horrendous idea, then we don’t what is.
In an attempt to make your commute into something that’s productive, Harman and Microsoft will bring everything from Excel, PowerPoint and Word to your vehicle. Users will also have the ability to utilize Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant to manage documents through the company’s Office suite and to schedule meetings, respond to emails, join conference calls and other productive things. Having used Word’s Speech Recognition function before, we can confidently state that this sounds like an absolute nightmare. According to executive vice president of business development Peggy Johnson, the new technology will allow drivers to be more productive while sitting in traffic.
“By ensuring that Office 365 services are seamlessly integrated with car and driver telematics and performance data, we will allow consumers to be more productive during their driving hours, while enjoying far greater convenience, safety and reliability,” stated Johnson. The best part of this entire thing is that some of the in-car Office features will only be available when the car is parked or when the vehicle is in its autonomous mode.