This new agreement follows Nissan-Renault’s earlier confirmation of plans to launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020, and include in them, improved connected services (so drivers and occupants can better-use the new-found ‘free’ time in their cars).
The next-generation connected services will use Microsoft Azure, one of the Redmond Washington-based tech giant’s intelligent cloud products.
Nissan says Microsoft Azure provides a secure global platform with unlimited scale which will facilitate services to its customers in every corner of the planet.
So we’re talking better navigation technology, predictive vehicle maintenance, remote monitoring of your car and its features, external mobile technology for work and social networks and even over-the-air software updates.
“While the connected car experience is in its infancy, we believe there’s so much potential to dramatically change the industry,” explained Microsoft’s Jean-Philippe Courtois. “We are partnering to accelerate Renault-Nissan’s mobile and cloud strategies and unlock new experiences for their customers.”
The Renault-Nissan/Microsoft announcement follows more details emerging from North America regarding the hackers who plugged a laptop into a Jeep and remotely caused it to drive erratically.
Seems the access port in the Jeep used to ‘plug-in’ was actually the Government-mandated port used for remote testing of fuel consumption and exhaust emissions – the bureaucrats might need to get their IT department to re-visit that one.