At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the new Connected Vehicle Platform which is built on the Microsoft Azure cloud and designed to empower auto manufactures to power their own connected driving experience.
Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for Business Development mentioned that,
Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform is not an in-car operating system or a “finished product;” it’s 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.
This Connected Vehicle Platform will available as a public preview later this year. Microsoft aim to bring intelligence services into the car, including virtual assistants, business applications, office services and productivity tools like Cortana, Dynamics, Office 365, Power BI and Skype for Business.
Microsoft also announced that Renault-Nissan is the first vehicle manufacturing partner is going to build the next generation vehicle with the Connected Vehicle Platform. At CES this year, Nissan demonstrated the integration with the Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, as to how Cortana can enhance a driver’s experience.
Microsoft is also working with BMW to develop BMW Connected platform on the Azure. BMW plans to give access to Cortana through a dashboard screen, with the ability to access events, to-do lists, reminders, news, and many other Cortana options.
Peggy went on to explain that Microsoft is a partner for auto manufactures instead of a competitor,
Microsoft is not building its own connected car. Instead, we want to help automakers create connected car solutions that fit seamlessly with their brands, address their customers’ unique needs, competitively differentiate their products and generate new and sustainable revenue streams.