Indian ride-sharing company Ola today announced that it is building a new connected vehicle platform for car manufacturers worldwide using Microsoft Cloud. As part of this partnership, Microsoft Azure will power Ola Play, its existing connected car platform.
Ola Play will use Microsoft AI and IoT services to enhance driver experiences with telematics and navigation guidance. It will also improve passenger experiences with cloud-based infotainment and productivity and provide auto manufacturers with custom digital experiences for their customers. For example, Ola Play will allow passengers to access Office 365 and Skype for Business on the go.
Ola believes that this new platform will transform driver and passenger experiences with vehicle diagnostics, improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation, predictive maintenance of vehicles and more.
“Today’s car is quickly becoming the ultimate computing device and together with Ola, we’re focused on providing more intelligent, connected and productive experiences to our customers,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “The combination of Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and our AI platform with Ola Play will deliver new customer experiences and business opportunities across the automotive ecosystem.”
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola said, “Globally, the auto industry is experiencing a seismic shift as the definition of automobiles is increasingly changing from gas-powered vehicles to technology-packed, connected devices. With Ola Play, we have already set the tone for connected vehicles in India; together with Microsoft, we can make the new platform available to a larger, global audience and unlock futuristic experiences for customers worldwide.”
Microsoft and Ola also revealed that they have plans to build superior safety features and advanced driver assistance services in the future.