Automakers Forge New Partnerships With Microsoft For Connected Cars
At the ongoing International Consumer Technology Association (CES) in Las Vegas, several strategic partnerships are being made. And a good number of them involve Microsoft as various automakers strive to turn their future vehicles into connected cars.Advertisement
According to Microsoft Executive Vice President for Business Development Peggy Johnson, Microsoft is always interested in further enhancing the mobility of a person than just a single device. It means they would love to see technology travel with the person seamlessly from one device to another, or from home to the office. And to make this possible, it only makes sense to bring cars into the connected technology experience as well. This is why making new partnerships with the likes of Volvo Cars and Nissan as well as Harman and IAV marks a significant step towards the development of intelligent cars.
For starters, Volvo Cars is keen on interconnecting its Volvo on Call Universal App with the Microsoft Band 2 and Windows 10 smartphone. With this, it will be possible to start the car heater by just asking your car to do so. Meanwhile, Johnson also says that both Microsoft and Nissan Motor Company are set to make an announcement regarding the integration of the Connect Telematics Systems in all Nissan LEAF and Infiniti vehicle models throughout Europe. This is actually powered by Microsoft Azure.
At the same time, audio equipment maker Harman will also reportedly integrate various Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite capabilities into its infotainment systems.
This means that while on the road, drivers can already use Office 365 to schedule meetings, listen and respond to emails and even make Skype calls while the car is parked. On the other hand, engineering company IAV will be utilizing the Windows 10 Continuum in order for drivers to stream Windows 10 directly on their dashboard using their mobile device. Here, they will readily be able to access their Calendar, Skype for Business, Outlook and Groove Music. Moreover, they will also have Cortana to act as their personal assistant.
Further in the auto world, Microsoft already has existing partnerships with Ford, Toyota, Qoros, Delphi as well as other companies. Together, Microsoft and its various auto partners will make driving a more connected and personal.