Published: Sat, January 07, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Unveils Cloud Platform For Connected Cars

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Unveils Cloud Platform For Connected Cars

Microsoft Connected Vehicle is a "living, agile platform that starts with the cloud as the foundation and aims to address five core scenarios that our partners have told us are key priorities: predictive maintenance, improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation, customer insights and help building autonomous driving capabilities", officials said.

Microsoft is set to make the jump to yet another new product as it looks to get one of the best Windows 10 features into your next vehicle.

Global auto makers are clamoring to sign up intelligent assistants for their vehicles, with four manufacturers announcing deals with technology companies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the BBC reports.

Microsoft has partnered to develop a scalable platform for BMW Connected which will be based on Azure technologies. BMW also showed its plans of integration of Cortana into its vehicles. Nissan is now working with Microsoft directly for its virtual assistant into its cars.

Microsoft made clear it doesn't have plans to build a connected vehicle of its own, and this isn't an in-car operating system, like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Redmond giant Microsoft does not aspire to become a part of the automated vehicle race.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that it is teaming up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to bring its connected vehicle services to Nissan's next-generation, connected vehicles.

Nissan and BMW are rumored to have Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT) digital assistant, Cortana, integrated into their cars in the future.

"BMW Connected demos [at CES - ed] will feature a visionary concept of an in-car voice-controlled personal digital assistant that customers are familiar with in other areas of their daily life".

Nevertheless, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle platform represents a set of services on the Azure cloud primarily created to encourage automakers to develop custom linked driving experiences.

As for Nissan, Microsoft said its services are destined for the auto maker's next-gen connected vehicles, providing information on everything from navigation to predictive maintenance. Developers from Volvo want to equip the new 90 Series vehicles with Skype for Business, a revolutionary feature. They include Cortana, Dynamics, Office 365, Power BI and Skype for Business. Johnson further stated that the company wants to help automakers in creating connected vehicle solutions which will fit seamlessly with the company's design.

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