In order to improve its connected driving experience, Renault-Nissan and Microsoft have mutually agreed and signed a multiyear deal for developing the next-generation of Microsoft Azure for its cars. According to the French-Japanese alliance, this would significantly improve a number of connected features in their cars. “A car is becoming increasingly connected, intelligent and personal. Partnering with Microsoft allows us to accelerate the development of the associated key technologies needed to enable scenarios our customers want and build all-new ones they haven’t even imagined. We aim to become the provider of connected mobility for everyone with one single global platform,” said Ogi Redzic, Senior Vice-president, Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The main focus of this partnership would include better experience for drivers and occupants of a vehicle with advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, vehicle-centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates. The alliance wants to bring these features along with autonomous driving in 10 new mass market vehicles. These new products will be introduced globally by 2020.
Connected driving helps in a great way for the driver to keep all their concentration on the road while communicating with the various devices in the car. This results in lesser incidents occuring due to lack of focus of the driver while driving. “While the connected car experience is in its infancy, we believe there’s so much potential to dramatically change the industry. We are partnering to accelerate Renault-Nissan’s mobile and cloud strategies and unlock new experiences for their customers. Renault-Nissan is an exceptional partner thanks to its global presence and range of brands, which enable it to bring entirely new mobile and digital experiences to so many people. This collaboration will bring a new standard to connected cars,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft.
The overall idea will also allow drivers to transfer a vehicle setting to another by the mere touch of a button thanks to Microsoft Azure, that would also keep this function secure so that there isn't any information leakage. We are surely looking forward to see this technology work in India.