How IoT and AI are transforming cars with intelligent mobility

 |   Microsoft IoT

Buy a new car, and you’re really buying a datacenter on wheels. By 2025, 100 percent of new cars will be connected cars, up from 35 percent today. And by 2030, 15 percent of new cars will be autonomous — and all will send, receive and analyze vast amounts of data.

As Microsoft’s principal group program manager, Doug Seven is working alongside the automotive industry to transform the everyday experience of driving through the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). Seven shared his insights on the industry’s rapid innovation in a keynote address this past week at DesignCon 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

If you weren’t able to attend the show, Seven’s keynote on “The Internet of Things That Move – Connected Cars & Beyond,” described how automakers and OEMs can evolve their offerings with advanced technology, from high-speed connectivity to the car, new models of car usage and ownership, and autonomous driving. To meet these demands, developers need strong cloud-based assets, global capabilities and enterprise B2B tools that deliver end-to-end solutions wherever people drive.

Seven spearhead’s Microsoft’s engineering team for mobility services, including the Azure-cloud enabled Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform  and location-based services enabled by partners such as ESRI, TomTom and HERE. The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform is an agile platform for the automotive industry designed to empower manufacturers to create custom, connected driving experiences. It aims to address five key priorities: telematics and predictive maintenance, productivity and digital life, intelligent and contextual navigation, customer insight and engagement, and helping build autonomous driving capabilities.

Maximizing the combined capabilities of IoT and AI can unlock new business models for the industry and improve travel experiences for passengers. Autonomous cars equipped with telematics, sensors, infotainment services, navigation, cameras, radar and more will use AI to understand the world around them, make decisions and engage with passengers.

For more information, read our blog post about how the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform can help automakers transform cars.

Lead image citations:

Gautham Nagesh, “Mary Barra’s Road Map for GM Centers on Customer Data, Connectivity,” Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2015,

“Consumer interest in connected cars gaining speed in top markets,”, May 23, 2016,

Paul Gao, Hans-Werner Kaas, Detlev Mohr, and Dominik Wee, “Disruptive trends that will transform the auto industry,” McKinsey & Company, January 2016,

Zachary Shahan, “7 Global & UK EV Charts Via @POD_Point,” Clean Technica, March 20, 2016,

“Safety Technologies,” NHTSA, 2016,

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