Automotive giant Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has launched its Alliance Intelligent Cloud on Microsoft Azure. The new platform will deliver connected services in vehicles using Azure’s artificial intelligence and internet of things offerings.
Microsoft Azure provides Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi with a global data platform that can securely capture, manage and analyse vehicle data to deliver intelligent services based on data created by connected vehicles.
“Today we are deploying a vehicle connectivity platform that will transform the digital experience for customers of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi,” said Kal Mos, global vice president of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. “Through our collaboration with Microsoft, we are introducing the most powerful and far-reaching connected vehicle platform. Leveraging the size and scale of the Alliance, we have built an intelligent cloud platform that sets the pace for our industry.”
The platform will connect to vehicles and share digital features and innovations across models and brands for consumers worldwide. Features include remote services, proactive monitoring, connected navigation and assistance, over-the-air software updates and other customer-tailored services. It can also connect the alliance’s vehicles with developing smart city infrastructure and with potential partners.
“Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is a longstanding partner and our first strategic partner for the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president for Global Sales, Marketing and Operations at Microsoft. “Today’s production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud enables a new generation of connected services powered by Microsoft Azure to come to market.”
Vehicles using the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will have seamless internet access, providing enhanced remote diagnostics, software deployment and firmware updates.
The new Renault Clio and selected models of the Nissan Leaf models will be the first vehicles produced using the technology. They will also be the first powered by the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform which will be available to consumers at scale.