VW hopes Microsoft’s new file system will improve its infotainment systems (source: e.solutions)

Microsoft said it had signed a patent licensing agreement with e.solutions, giving the Volkswagen group software supplier access to its new Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) technology.

The new file system will help automakers integrate enhanced consumer multimedia into cars, Microsoft said.

The California-based software group said the agreement with e.solutions is the first of its kind in the automotive sector.It said in a press statement that exFAT makes it easier to bring bigger media files into the car faster.

Uwe Reder, managing director at e.solutions, said:“exFAT gives us the opportunity to functionally integrate and innovate, providing our customers with a full-featured driving experience.”

e.solutions was founded by VW's premium-car subsidiary Audi and German software company Elektrobit in 2009. The goal of the joint venture is to enable the use of software for in-vehicle infotainment and to drive innovations.

“exFAT will help the auto industry and other industries make it easier for their customers to move large audio and video files across devices,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft.

Audi has made higher-quality infotainment systems a key competitive feature in its battle with competitors BMW and Mercedes. Rupert Stadler, the Audi CEO, gave a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, touting the brand's latest infotainment systems.