Driving in the Fast Lane: Microsoft’s Connected Car

Last week at CES, Microsoft announced the “Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform,” which the company describes as:

“…a set of services built on the Microsoft Azure cloud and designed to empower auto manufacturers to create custom connected driving experiences. This is not an in-car operating system or a ‘finished product;’ it’s a living, agile platform that starts with the cloud as the foundation…”

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Microsoft posted in a blog that the platform targets five core priorities:

  1. Predictive maintenance
  2. Improved in-car productivity
  3. Advanced navigation
  4. Customer insights
  5. Help with building autonomous driving capabilities

In addition to building the platform on Azure, Microsoft says it plans to integrate tools like Office 365, Skype for Business, Cortana, and more to create a single productivity hub right in the vehicle. Microsoft makes it clear that the company is not building its own vehicle; this is a platform that can fit into cars regardless of manufacturer.
Check out Microsoft’s video on the Connect Vehicle Platform below:

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