Tata Motors, Microsoft team for connected cars

Debeshi Gooptu
Enterprise Innovation

Connected cars will soon be on Indian roads, as a result of a partnership between Tata Motors and Microsoft India.

The companies are collaborating to create cars using AI, advanced machine learning, and IoT capabilities on the Azure cloud.

The first vehicle showcasing the vision for these enhanced driving experiences will be unveiled at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show on 7th March 2017.

“We are using Microsoft’s connected vehicle technologies on Azure intelligent cloud to bring the digital lives of our customers into the cars they drive,” Tat Motors CEO and MD Guenter Butschek said.

“Making the most of fast-paced innovation cycle that Microsoft has to offer, we will create a fully connected and seamless driving experience for our customers.”

Among the driving scenarios being explored for the future are the following:

Based on their profile and location data, vehicle owners can receive proactive point-of-interest, shopping and route assist recommendations enabling them to achieve more on the go.

Pre-emptive service alerts based on vehicle health data will enable owners to avoid costly down time en-route on planned road trips.

Using industry-leading firmware over the air (FOTA) and software over the air (SOTA) updates protocols, key vehicle settings can be updated remotely, over the cloud. These will help cloud based diagnostics and the ability to use insights from vehicle data to prevent warranty and recall issues, and offer new services that improve user experience.

By capturing, analyzing and acting on live road conditions, vehicle owners will be able to increase safety, optimize vehicle performance by avoiding roadblocks and rough terrain. By unifying navigation, data elements like maps, weather, traffic, and parking the solution can deliver optimized routing and location based services to vehicle owners.

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