In 2017, Microsoft is bound to implement the Cortana assistant for self-driving vehicles. Last year, Microsoft set as its primary goal the implementation of their Connected Car strategy. This idea was presented by Microsoft officials at CES 2016. Their purpose was to establish a connection between vehicles and the cloud services of Microsoft, like Azure and Office 365.
They did not want to struggle to bring Windows inside vehicles by using Windows Automotive. This year, at CES, the tech company stated the same goal as the one from last year. Back in September 2016, Renault-Nissan announced that its interest in using several Microsoft cloud services in the development of their next generation cars.
At CES 2017, Renault-Nissan reiterated its wish to collaborate with the tech company, pointing out that Microsoft cloud services would be extremely useful in the development of remote car monitoring, predictive maintenance, and navigation. On the other hand, BMW announced its decision of teaming up with Microsoft to obtain Azure services of their new generation of BMS Connected vehicles.
Cortana assistant, the digital assistant, developed by Microsoft, may become part of this plan shortly. Probably, several automakers which are currently in the process of developing autonomous cars would want to implement Cortana to their new vehicles. BMW appears to be listed among those who want Cortana. Officials from BMW claimed that they are already thinking of the possibility of using the voice-controlled capabilities of Cortana to improve their vehicles.
Last week, Volvo Cars stated that it has an innovative idea. Developers from Volvo want to equip the new 90 Series vehicles with Skype for Business, a revolutionary feature. Volvo is another car maker who considers the opportunity of outfitting its new vehicles with Cortana assistant in the future. Apparently, Microsoft will not get into the autonomous vehicle business itself.
Nevertheless, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle platform represents a set of services on the Azure cloud primarily designed to encourage automakers to develop custom linked driving experiences. Officials argued that Microsoft Connected Vehicle is a platform which has a cornerstone the Microsoft cloud aiming to fulfill five basic scenarios in which partners are interested. These core scenarios include building self-driving capabilities, advanced navigation, customer insights, predictive maintenance and improving in-car productivity.
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