At CES 2017, Microsoft revealed the new platform to enable automobile manufacturers to deliver an advanced navigation. Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform helps provide a whole suite of cloud-based services to automakers in enhancing the driving experience.
The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform is integrated with Azure, Cortana, Office 365, Power BI, and Skype. The platform has four modern forces, connected, autonomous, shared and electric cars. The software challenge is integrating the complex cloud technology required to deliver the next-generation driving experiences.
Microsoft announced the set of services built on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Azure is designed to empower auto manufacturers to deliver connected driving experiences. Microsoft Azure has a unified cloud and access to the vehicle's sensor and usage information.
The Microsoft cloud will help organize huge lifting by ingesting huge volumes of sensor and usage data from the connected vehicles. Azure is helping the automakers apply the data in power ways, including virtual assistants, business applications, and customer insights.
According to the Microsoft EVP for Business Development Peggy Johnson, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform is not an in-car operating system, but it is an agile platform that starts with the cloud as the system's foundation. The platform can also automatically give driving directions, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring and assets tracking solutions.
It seems that auto manufacturers embrace Microsoft's technology, like Volvo to integrate Skype for Business in the Volvo's 90 Series cars. The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced the partnership with Microsoft as the next power generation. The Microsoft's platform will be built for Nissan to offer shortcuts to driving destinations and even engage an auto-parking feature.
Microsoft is making a great alliance with BMW to run the BMW Connected. BMW Connected is the automaker's personal mobility assistant to develop a scalable platform based on Microsoft Azure technologies. This helps the automaker delivers the intelligent personal assistance for drivers. Azure Compute and Storage will handle the heavy lifting in storing and processing the data.