Eric­s­son, Mi­crosoft to Work on Next Gen­er­a­tion Con­nected Cars

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Eric­s­son and Mi­crosoft have an­nounced that they will jointly work­ing to de­velop and in­te­grated solution that will al­low au­tomak­ers to de­ploy and scale global vehicle ser­vices such as fleet man­age­ment, over-theair soft­ware up­dates and con­nected safety ser­vices much eas­ier and faster while re­duc­ing costs. Ac­cord­ing to the Eric­s­son press re­lease, the com­pany is build­ing its Con­nected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Mi­crosoft Con­nected Vehicle Plat­form that is run­ning on the Mi­crosoft Azure cloud plat­form. “It pro­vides flex­i­bil­ity through mo­du­lar de­sign and mul­ti­ple de­ploy­ment op­tions,” the com­pany stated.

Eric­s­son’s Con­nected Vehicle Cloud con­nects more than four mil­lion ve­hi­cles across 180 coun­tries world­wide, ap­prox­i­mately 10% of the con­nected vehicle mar­ket. The plat­form is tailored to fit vehicle man­u­fac­tur­ers’ grow­ing de­mand for scal­a­bil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity with the ca­pa­bil­ity of sup­port­ing any con­nected vehicle ser­vice.

The press re­lease also pointed out that Eric­s­son’s 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. Sim­i­larly, Mi­crosoft 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 con­sis­tent, 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,” the com­pany said, adding that, MCVP in­cludes the hy­per­scale, global avail­abil­ity, and reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance that comes with Mi­crosoft Azure.

Ac­cord­ing to Eric­s­son’s Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Head of Busi­ness Area Tech­nolo­gies and New Busi­nesses Asa Tam­sons, the 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,” Tam­sons said.

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