Automakers join forces with Microsoft to create new connected car technologies

 |   Tracy Ith

Several big automakers and automotive technology companies announced details about their partnerships with Microsoft on Tuesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Volvo Cars, Harman, IAV and Nissan are using Microsoft to power connected cars, creating new ways for drivers to interact with their vehicles and use data analytics to improve safety on the road. Those companies join others, including Toyota and Ford, that are already working with Microsoft to bring their cars into the mobile-first, cloud-first world.

Microsoft is bringing mobility, cloud technology, predictive analytics and machine learning to cars — so people can be more productive in their cars, cars can monitor what’s happening in their surroundings to improve safety, and cars can even adapt to unique users to deliver a more personal driving experience.

“In the near future, the car will be connected to the Internet, as well as to other cars, your mobile phone and your home computer,” writes Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft. “The car becomes a companion and an assistant to your digital life.”

Learn more about how automakers and Microsoft are creating the connected cars of the future on The Official Microsoft Blog.

Tracy Ith
Microsoft News Center Staff

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