Technology giant Microsoft has joined up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to develop next-generation automotive technology.
Microsoft will connect Nissan’s future cars using its Azure intelligent cloud, allowing the vehicles to have advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, remote monitoring of car features and over-the-air updates.
“Partnering with Microsoft allows us to accelerate the development of the associated key technologies needed to enable scenarios our customers want and build all-new ones they haven’t even imagined,” said Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice-president of connected vehicles.
Features developed with Microsoft will also support the launch of Nissan’s self-driving cars, which the brand still plans to market by 2020.
Nissan lists seven specific ways that the partnership will improve the ownership experience. First is how customizable future cars will be thanks to information inputted and collected from the driver. Productivity will be up according to Nissan thanks to new connectivity features, while over-the-air updates will allow for new software to be added to the cars at any time.
Easy ways to communicate are another focus of the partnership, as is monitoring your car from a distance using a smart phone or similar device. Vehicle protection will be upgraded thanks to Geofencing, a technology that allows the car to send notifications when it enters or exits a predefined area or route.
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