a process started some years ago with the development of the CitroŽn
Evasion mobile office, the Xsara Intel and, more recently, the XM Multimťdia
, CitroŽn presented the Xsara Auto PC at the 1998 Paris Motor Show.
With this latest model, CitroŽn has consolidated its position among
carmakers offering advanced technology in on-board communications,
information and entertainment, three areas which are likely to be ever
more important in the future.
Xsara Auto PC was unveiled at the "Consumer Electronics Show" in Las
Vegas in January 1998. The result of a partnership between CitroŽn,
Microsoft and Clarion, it opens new horizons in the field of mobile
Auto PC is the latest in a line of PC-compatible products designed
around the Microsoft Windows CE 2.0 operating system. The main
innovation of the Auto PC resides in its use of voice recognition
technology, enabling the vehicle to respond to oral commands and to
talk to the user by means of a voice synthesis system. In this way, the
driver is able to keep his hands on the steering wheel and his eyes on
the road, while maintaining a dialogue with the on-board system.
ISO format appliance involves no specific modifications to the vehicle
since it is installed in the car radio housing. Sophisticated but easy
to use, the technology supplies the driver with navigation data,
traffic information, and also a personal e-mail service. The Auto PC
supplies an electronic road map using a GPS system, which also provides
telephone and Internet access. The user can therefore obtain
information on a range of topics including the stock market and the
weather. The Auto PC also acts as a sophisticated car radio with a
graphic equalizer, removable panel, CD audio and CD-Rom drive.