More companies are collaborating to develop and market technology for the connected vehicles of the future. The latest are Ericsson and Microsoft. Ericsson is building its Connected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform that is running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
The integrated solution will enable automakers to deploy and scale global vehicle services such as fleet management, over-the-air software updates, and connected safety services much easier and faster while reducing costs. It provides flexibility through modular design and multiple deployment options.
According to Ericsson, its Connected Vehicle Cloud connects more than 4 million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide, reportedly 10% of the connected vehicle market. The platform is tailored to fit vehicle manufacturers' growing demand for scalability and flexibility with the ability to support any connected vehicle service. The Connected Vehicle Cloud offloads vehicle manufacturers' complexity of global 24/7 operations and lifecycle management related to connected vehicles with a guaranteed service-level agreement.
Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) empowers automotive companies to accelerate the delivery of safe, comfortable and personalized connected driving experiences. It combines cloud infrastructure, edge technology as well as AI and IoT services with a diverse partner ecosystem. With MCVP, Microsoft offers a cloud-connected platform across all digital scenarios on top of which customer-facing solutions can be built, including in-vehicle infotainment, advanced navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and prediction services, and over-the-air updates. MCVP includes the hyperscale, global availability, and regulatory compliance that comes with Microsoft Azure.
"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," said Åsa Tamsons, Ericsson's Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses, in a statement.