Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

95 AUTOMOT I V E , MOB I L I T Y & T RANS POR TAT I ON “Microsoft technologies will help customers move towards a future in which autonomous vehicles and shared mobility services change the way people move” and monetise new mobility services. Microsoft is working with partners and customers to help take advantage of the range of new opportunities presented by these radical changes in the technical and commercial landscape. The solutions leveraging Microsoft technologies to take advantage of this opportunity were set to be highlighted this year at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, with the emergence and rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Microsoft decided to pull out of in-person attendance to help ensure the safety of its employees, attendees and the wider community. In the absence of this flagship showcase, however, Technology Record is highlighting the exciting work being carried out by Microsoft and its partners. For example, the Renault Alpine Formula 1 team has worked withMicrosoft and its technologies to use connected vehicle data to improve racing performance. Also involved in Formula 1 is engineering simulation software provider Ansys, which has implemented high-performance computing and simulation to drive innovation in the digital engineering process. Connected vehicle data company Wejo has shown how making vehicle data more broadly available and leveraging the power of distributed processing will help to develop sustainable mobility, while also addressing concerns that consumers might have about information privacy. Meanwhile, PTC’s extensive industrial internet of things solutions leverage Microsoft technology to help automotive enterprises transform manufacturing and operations. BrightDrop, a new company specialising in electric transportation vehicles introduced by We ask some of the partners and customers collaborating with Microsoft to share more about their work in the automotive, travel and transportation industry Partner perspectives Steve Pillsbury Principal of Consulting Solutions at PwC “Companies are looking to cloud and data analytics to optimise factory designs, eliminate operational waste while increasing productivity, and aid in factory stakeholder decision-making and standard work. Digital factory innovation enhances the ability to deliver on what manufacturers care about – quality, cost, safety, and fast reliable delivery. Microsoft’s secure flexible technology combined with PwC’s deep automotive and manufacturing expertise, equips businesses to monetise digital factory innovation – creating smarter factories and better business performance.” General Motors this year, is working to explore sustainable automated delivery services. These development efforts come as part of the partnership between General Motors, Cruise and Microsoft, in which they are bringing together their respective resources to commercialise self-driving vehicles. In addition, Microsoft, engineering and technology company Bosch and the not-for-profit Eclipse Foundation have teamed up for the development of software-defined vehicles. As the automotive, travel and transportation industry continues down a path to profound change, Microsoft is helping to create the solutions that will come to define this challenging but opportunity-filled future.