Microsoft has managed to sign up another partner for their Connected Vehicle Platform, according to Business Standard.
According to the publication India’s Tata Motors will be partnering with Microsoft for solutions such as inter-connectivity in cars, autonomous vehicle technology, as well as other such solutions for the future.
“This move will help it make future proof cars in India which in some ways promote the Make in India campaign as well. The two would be working on products mainly around automobile connectivity. That is where the world is headed. This will also help Tata to pursue its Make in India initiative,” said a source close to the company.
Microsoft has already partnered with companies such as Renault and Volvo to provide the intelligence behind their next generation of smart cars, providing features such as advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates, powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud service. The technology may show up first in Tata’s premium Jaguar Land Rover brand.
“We know that there’s a huge potential for these technologies in future vehicles around the world. Until now we have focused on communication between Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, this collaborative approach is a major stepping stone towards all Connected and Autonomous Vehicles co-operating with each other in the future,” Tony Harper, Head of Research, Jaguar Land Rover.
An official announcement is expected on Thursday. Read more about the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform here.