If you've using Windows 10 or Windows Phone 8.1 you probably know the Cortana personal digital assistant. She's Microsoft's answer to Siri, Google Now and Amazon Echo. In fact, she'll be available on Android and Apple gadgets soon, which should be interesting.
Cortana responds to voice commands to launch searches and open programs. She'll answer your question, gather information she thinks you want to know, and more. Despite some privacy concerns, she is good at what she does.
In Microsoft's new system, Cortana is front and center, literally. Her interface is going to be projected on the car's windshield, as well as the screen on the center console. This lets you get directions, listen to music, make restaurant reservations and more with just your voice, and without taking your eyes off the road.
Microsoft's system is going to use Mirrorlink, which is a growing car standard for linking up gadgets to a car. That, combined with Cortana being available on Apple and Android gadgets, could mean Microsoft is angling to make a universal system. It makes sense given that relatively few people own Windows Phones.
If that's the case, car manufacturers could opt for installing Microsoft's one system over having to include both CarPlay and Android Auto in every automobile. It could end up being a smart move on Microsoft's part.
Does Cortana in your car sound like something you'd use, or is it just another distraction? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.