See Microsoft’s vision of a highly connected, productive self-driving car in action (video)

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IAV and Microsoft are teaming up to develop a “connected highly automated driving” vehicle.  The vehicle, which Microsoft and IAV are calling the CHAD will connect with Microsoft’s Azure and Windows 10 to prevent pedestrian accidents. In addition to this, the companies’ new technology will also increase driving comfort and allow drivers to get work done via Windows 10 and Cortana.

In this video Microsoft and IAV shows the technology in action.

The innovative vehicle-2-x communication (V2X) connectivity approach uses data from the vehicle’s surroundings to improve smart service for convenience and enhance safety by anticipating and mitigating potential hazards such as a pedestrian with a wearable device is walking toward the road, concealed by a parked vehicle. The device is located by nearby intelligent roadside infrastructure that is connected to the Azure cloud. This IAV and Microsoft solution incorporates Azure IoT Suite, connected vehicle and infrastructure data, and Cortana Analytics for predictive hazard modelling. Cloud solutions of this nature can be used to transfer information from the surrounding environment, like traffic light sensors, into the connected vehicle to better predict safety procedures.

The CHAD vehicle then receives a V2X warning that permits the safe, convenient adjustment of its driving dynamics in order to detect and avoid the hazard in plenty of time.

“We see this cloud solution like an additional surroundings sensor,” said Udo Wehner, executive vice president of vehicle integrated functions at IAV.

Unlike Google and Tesla’s self-driving car solution Microsoft’s connected cloud seems to be some way off. What do you think of CHAD? Discuss in the comment section below.

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