Microsoft, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance launch intelligent cloud platform
The new platform will allow cars from these three manufacturers to have access to a wide range of connected car services
Global automotive alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform that is enabling Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly all 200 markets served by the Alliance member companies.
The alliance said that the release of the new platform is the result of joint efforts between the three automotive companies and Microsoft.
The alliance also explained that the connected vehicle program will be deployed utilizing cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT technologies provided by Microsoft Azure. Azure provides the Alliance with a global data platform to capture, manage and analyze vehicle data to deliver intelligent services based on the vast volume of data created by connected vehicles, the automotive alliance said.
“We are deploying a vehicle connectivity platform that will transform the digital experience for customers of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi,” said Kal Mos, global VP 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.”
“Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is a longstanding partner and our first strategic partner for the Microsoft connected vehicle platform,” said Jean-Phillipe Courtois, EVP and president, Microsoft global sales, marketing and pperations. “Today’s production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud enables a new generation of connected services powered by Microsoft Azure to come to market.”
The first vehicles produced with Alliance Intelligent Cloud technology will be the all-new Renault Clio and selected Nissan Leaf models sold in Japan and Europe.
Vehicles utilizing the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will have access to the internet, providing enhanced remote diagnostics, continuous software deployment, firmware updates as well as access to infotainment services.
The Alliance Intelligent Cloud is also capable of connecting Alliance vehicles with future smart cities infrastructure as it develops and with potential future partners. With this new initiative, any third-party seeking to connect with all legacy and future connected Alliance vehicles will have a single point of contact to partner with, the automotive alliance added.