VW signs with Microsoft for in-car multimedia infotainment

May 3, 2011

Microsoft Corp. announced May 3 that it signed a patent licensing agreement with Volkswagen Group’s software supplier, e.solutions, giving the Germany-based company access to Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology — the latest generation of Microsoft’s file system.

The agreement is the first of its kind that Microsoft has forged within the automotive sector. exFAT delivers a significant leap forward in the size of media files that can be stored on a broad range of consumer electronic devices and increases the speed with which they can be accessed. exFAT will give car owners additional resources for bringing multimedia content into their vehicles.

e.solutions was founded by Audi and EB (Elektrobit) in 2009. The goal of the joint venture is to provide an infotainment software suite to enhance reuse of software for in-vehicle infotainment and to drive innovations. The company is developing technologies for a new multimedia platform that will provide a longer menu of infotainment options while reducing drivers’ distraction. Using exFAT technology will help e.solutions follow future consumer electronics developments while delivering an outstanding multimedia experience.

“In-vehicle electronics breakthroughs have continued at an accelerated pace, opening the door for new opportunities,” said Uwe Reder, managing director at e.solutions. “exFAT gives us the opportunity to functionally integrate and innovate, providing our customers with a full-featured driving experience.”