Ericsson, Microsoft combine cloud services for next-gen connected cars

Ericsson and Microsoft are looking ahead of the game by fusing their expertise to bring the “next-generation” of connected cards. In an announcement this month, the technology giants will integrate their respective cloud platforms to allow automakers to deploy and scale global vehicle services.

The partnership will let Ericsson built its Connected Vehicle Cloud, which connects more than 4 million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide, on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) that is running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform while Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) combines cloud infrastructure, edge technology, and AI (artificial intelligence), and IoT (Internet of Things) services.

“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, SVP and head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses at Ericsson in the company’s news advisory.

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MCVP has the capability to allow automakers to incorporate in-vehicle infotainment, advanced navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and prediction services, and over-the-air updates into their products. MCVP includes the hyperscale, global availability, and regulatory compliance that comes with Microsoft Azure.

“Together with Ericsson, we intend to simplify the development of connected vehicle services to help carmakers focus on their customers’ needs and accelerate the delivery of unique, tailor-made driving experiences,” said Peggy Johnson, EVP, Business Development at Microsoft.