Smart Car Developments: Windows Embedded Automotive, Nissan Leaf

We've made a number of posts about the increasing use of connected, "smart" technology in automobiles, including Ford's AppLink technology.

The latest development in automotive tech comes from Microsoft, who have announced that their Windows Embedded Automotive technology has been updated to version 7. According to their press release, some of the key features of this release include support for "speech commands, touch input, hands-free Bluetooth phone communications, advanced dashboard systems for access to music, maps, third-party apps and navigation, and streamlined connectivity with other devices."

In addition, Microsoft announced that the touchscreen-based information hub in the new 2011 Nissan Leaf -- Nissan's 100% electric car -- is driven (no pun intended) by Windows Embedded Automotive.

Engadget recently posted the full press release here.