Microsoft plans to integrate Kinect technology into vehicles image

U.S. tech giant Microsoft suggests the company is looking to develop the Xbox’s Kinect motion control system for use in vehicles

Speech and gestures will be supported, plus the car will have the ability to track faces and respond if necessary. For example, if the driver hasn’t looked at the road for an extended period of time a warning could be given, or the brakes applied if Kinect detects the driver hunched over in the seat and unresponsive.

Kinect is a motion sensing device compatible with some Xbox games, and automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have expressed interest in integrating such technology into new cars, according to Autopia.

Microsoft already is in many cars, through the Windows Embadded Automotive platform, used by such automakers as Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and McLaren.

In addition to its range of OEM automotive partners, Microsoft also showed off what it’s capable of earlier this year, joining forces with West Coast Customs to outfit a 1967 Ford Mustang with a Metro-inspired UI, Sync integration, two Kinect controllers to monitor motion and objects in front and behind the fastback, and a heads-up display complete with Bing Maps integration, turn-by-turn directions and point-of-interest search.

What do you think of the idea? Will this be another headache for NHSTA? Or is gesture-based control technology is the way of the future?