Microsoft, carmakers tie up for next-gen auto

Jan 06, 2017, 4:05 AM EST
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(Source: jason goulding/flickr)

Software giant Microsoft announced on Thursday that it is developing a new Azure-based cloud platform that will be used by car manufacturers to address the areas of predictive maintenance, advanced navigation, customer insights, and in enhancing autonomous driving capabilities. The tech giant, which has spent 15 years working on automotive technology, has teamed up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance for the new Connected Vehicle Platform.

The announcement at the C.E.S. tech show in Las Vegas is another example how Silicon Valley and the automobile industry are pushing to infuse more technology into the next generation of self-driving cars, writes The Seattle Times.

The Renault-Nissan alliance’s self-driving vehicles may come with Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, notes GeekWire. Addressing a press conference at the tech show, Nissan C.E.O. Carlos Ghosn said that the tie-up with Microsoft will help them make driving “more productive and seamless.”

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