Renault-Nissan and Microsoft partner to deliver the future of connected driving as companies sign global, multiyear contract
Renault-Nissan and Microsoft Partner together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the company’s cloud offerings in the market today. These new services will help in many ways. Improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates are part of the feature list that one can expect.
Partnerships aim to become the provider of connected mobility for everyone with one single global platform as Renault-Nissan Alliance is already pioneering autonomous driving and connectivity features on mainstream, mass-market vehicles. For beginning, the aim is to develop connectivity technologies and features to support the launch of more than 10 vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020. Along with this, the services will help maximize better use of newly found in-car free time.
Renault-Nissan will continuously develop and launch new connected services and applications that make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks. Microsoft Azure steps in here and will end up providing a proven, secure global cloud platform with unlimited potential. This will allow Renault-Nissan to deliver services worldwide to its broad customer base.
Azure supports multiple operating systems, programming languages and tools, providing flexibility and choice to build a common platform for Renault-Nissan. Security being top priority for all three partners is already well established with Azure platform. The connected car experience is in its early stages now. However, there is enough potential to dramatically change the industry. For now we can expect the accelerating of Renault-Nissan’s mobile and cloud strategies.
We can expect superior infotainment and location-based services that will help manage data, transfer data and adaptive suggestion based on real-time action. Customers will be able to use automatic payment from the car for highway tolls or parking, with a simple touch of a button. Car owners will be able to monitor their car from mobile phone or laptop. They could transfer control to a friend who needs their car.
Geofencing technology will be there and it will commence invisible fences around the car that will enable notifications when the car enters or exits a predefined area or route. Thus can be prevented from stealing in the first place. Advance vehicle diagnostic services can come into action. This will help in allowing the car manufacturer to deliver unique features, collecting real usage data will also support vehicle engineering to improve quality and efficiency. All in all, Let’s hope we don’t get a blue screen!