The Microsoft Automotive 5.0 software platform -- designed to drive your in-car communications and entertainment system -- is cropping up in a range of Fiat vehicles under the name Blue&Me. The system allows voice activation of common functions, advanced MP3 playback from USB memory keys and digital audio players, voice-activated phone calls and -- in the case of the high-end Blue&Me Nav -- GPS.
Fiat has also announced a system known as EcoDrive, which works in conjunction with Blue&Me. This records your driving habits and shows you just how aggressive or passive you are behind the wheel. The data can then be downloaded to a PC, again via a USB key, at which point special software can give you driving tips on how to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Blue&Me is available on the Fiat Bravo, Fiat 500 and Fiat Grande Punto for approximately £250. Blue&Me Nav will cost £300. Ecodrive is set to launch later this year. See the system in action here.
Update: You can watch a video of Blue&Me in action in our Fiat 500 video review.