Ford develops new connected car service with Azure

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 17 March 2015
Ford develops new connected car service with Azure

Microsoft has teamed up with Ford Motor Company to create a new cloud network that gives customers new ways to interact with their cars.

Powered by Microsoft Azure, the Ford Service Delivery Network provides Ford and Lincoln owners with a new connectivity service that allows them to stay better informed and in control of their vehicles at all times.

The service, which will be made available to customers later this year, enables the car manufacturer to deliver new features via the existing MyFord and MyLincoln Mobile connected services, such as scheduled remote start, vehicle finder, and vehicle status check (fuel or charge level, and tyre pressure, for example).

Via the cloud, Ford will also be able to deliver over-the-air software updates and bring more new connected features to market quickly and at scale.

“As consumers shift toward more cloud-based services, the Ford Service Delivery Network architecture is a strategic approach to keep vehicles up-to-date and relevant throughout the vehicle ownership period by making it easy to add or evolve services,” said Sanjay Ravi, senior director of Worldwide Manufacturing at Microsoft. “Azure provides a global common cloud platform that allows Ford to deliver services worldwide and scale quickly to reach its broad customer base.”

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