Communications giant Ericsson has announced a major partnership with Microsoft, that will see the company adopt Azure. Specifically, Microsoft’s cloud services will underpin Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud platform.

Connected Vehicles Cloud is one of the most popular platforms for in-car connected systems in the world. It is available in more than 130 countries and in over 4 million vehicles. Ericsson says the system will now function on top of Microsoft’s Azure-powered Connected Vehicle Platform.

Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development at Microsoft says: “Together with Ericsson, we intend to simplify the development of connected vehicle services to help car makers focus on their customers’ needs and accelerate the delivery of unique, tailor-made driving experiences.”

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Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform is a new cloud-based service that was debuted in September.

Billed as an evolving platform, Microsoft discussed how automotive OEMs can leverage MCVP to include the following services in their vehicles:

  • In-vehicle experiences
  • Autonomous driving
  • Advanced navigation
  • Customer engagement and insights
  • Telematics and prediction services
  • Connectivity and over the air updates (OTA)

Across the categories, Microsoft is offering 40 Azure-powered cloud services that have been tailored for vehicles.

Ericsson Partnership

According to Ericsson, Microsoft Azure will allow its Connected Vehicle Cloud to provide carmakers with scale and deployment of in-car systems.

“The Ericsson and Microsoft partnership will deliver a comprehensive connected vehicle platform at scale to the market. Our integrated solutions will help automotive manufacturers accelerate their global connected vehicle solutions and offer a better experience for drivers and passengers,” says Åsa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses.

“This is an exciting new offering with great benefits for the automotive industry, leveraging Ericsson and Microsoft’s technology leadership in connectivity and cloud.”

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