Renault-Nissan Alliance deal with Microsoft aims to accelerate development of new technologies


The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have inked a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide.

The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft’s intelligent cloud offering Azure.

The deal, announced this week, will aim to improve the customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

“A car is becoming increasingly connected, intelligent and personal,” said Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice-president of connected vehicles and mobility services.

“Partnering with Microsoft allows us to accelerate the development of the associated key technologies needed to enable scenarios our customers want and build all-new ones they haven’t even imagined. We aim to become the provider of connected mobility for everyone with one single global platform.”

It is no secret that the Renault-Nissan Alliance has been a driving force in the world of autonomous driving and connectivity features on mainstream, mass-market vehicles.

This new partnership now aims to develop connectivity technologies and features to support the launch of more than 10 vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020 with “services to maximize better use of newly found in-car free time.”

“Renault-Nissan will continuously develop and launch new connected services and applications that make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks, and offer vehicle centric services that will simplify and enhance engagement with the car through usage-based information, remote access, remote diagnostics and preventive maintenance,” the company said in a release.