According to a U.S. Department of Transportation study, people worldwide spend more than 500 million commuter hours per week in automobiles. With so much time behind the wheel, people are looking for ways to stay entertained, talk to loved ones, and perhaps even complete some tasks that they would normally complete in the workplace.

Staying connected while in the automobile is paramount on the list—just look at cell phone usage. Also, encountering heavy traffic along the way, not taking the right route, or something as mundane as running out of fuel can affect punctuality.

How can drivers stay connected while driving safely and make it to their destination on time? The smart way is to have communication and control activated through voice command in combination with a connection to the Internet. This is delivered in the Microsoft Telematics Platform, a hub for the seamless integration of various mobile devices and the delivery of information through the Internet and wireless networks.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Third Quarter 2005. Article © Xcell Journal.