In 2016, Renault-Nissan issued an announcement stating their cars will be using Microsoft connected services. By the end of this year, it looks like this will finally become a reality.
This will make Renault-Nissan the first Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform partner. Formerly, the platform was known as the Microsoft Connected Car Platform. Through the platform, vehicles can connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and similar. The platform replaced Microsoft’s original Windows Automotive plan that allowed car makers to embed Windows in their vehicles during production.
On the 20th of March, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi went public with the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. With it, the group will be able to deliver cloud-connected services to vehicles. According to Microsoft, these will be the first to be powered by the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform.
The Alliance Intelligent Cloud will be using Microsoft Azure. In addition to that, multiple legacy connected vehicles will be consolidated.
Here is a taste of what the cloud is set to deliver:
– Connected assistance
– Proactive monitoring
– Over-the-ai software updates
– Connected navigation
– Remote services
In the European market, Renault Clio will be the first vehicle to feature the Alliance Intelligent Cloud technology. Selected Nissan Leaf models will include it as well.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is not the only group that’s taking advantage of this new technology. In 2018, Alliance signed a deal with Google to produce Android-powered infotainment systems. The rollout is scheduled for 2021. The new technology will allow drivers to use Google Maps straight from the vehicle and run automotive apps from the Google Play Store, among many others.