As a part of the strategic alliance for in-vehicle connected technology using IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) Ravi Jikhodia, CEO, Minda iConnect said, “The partnership puts in place the right building blocks as we aim to connect millions of vehicles across passenger and commercial segments.” The agreement will involve the two companies working on connected vehicle technologies that enhance safety as well as convenience quotients in addition to the ease of ownership of a vehicle.
On the convenience and ease of ownership front, the two giants aim to bring about a right ecosystem between the two companies intent to integrate a seamless vehicle management system in terms of roadside assistance, insurance renewals and usage of a vehicle along. Other features that may be a part of the connected car technology which is expected to seamlessly integrate service reminders, SOS calls and many such features critical in the future of mobility solutions. In terms of safety and security, Microsoft and Uno Minda will focus on real-time tracking of driving behaviour, coaching, vehicle to vehicle communication as well as vehicle to infrastructure communication.
With the rising awareness regarding connected technologies between product and infrastructures, in-car connectivity, not just for safety, but for convenience would eventually be the way forward for the automotive industry. In addition, greener technologies like adoption towards electric and hybrid vehicles will also augment the way to a safer, more convenient driving experience for car owners. In February 2017, Tata Motors signed an agreement with Microsoft which would also work on the same lines and improve the driving experience for a car owner.