Renault-Nissan Teams Up with Microsoft on Next-Gen Connected Car Tech

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that they have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide.

The partnership will see both companies working together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the company’s intelligent cloud offerings.

These new services will improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates, said Nissan.

Renault-Nissan said it will continuously develop and launch new connected services and applications that make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks, and offer vehicle centric services that will simplify and enhance engagement with the car through usage-based information, remote access, remote diagnostics and preventive maintenance

Microsoft Azure provides a proven, secure global cloud platform with unlimited scale that allows Renault-Nissan to deliver services worldwide to its broad customer base, according to Nissan.

“While the connected car experience is in its infancy, we believe there’s so much potential to dramatically change the industry,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft.