Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform is about much more than Cortana in Nissans

Turns out the tease was true: Microsoft Cortana is indeed coming to Nissan cars, the auto maker revealed at CES 2017 today. 

But that's just the surface. Nissan is actually the first car company to partner with Microsoft on its new Connected Vehicle Platform, a suite of services built on Azure that will help those in the industry "create custom connected driving experiences."

Microsoft made clear it doesn't have plans to build a connected car of its own, and this isn't an in-car operating system, like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. 

Instead, Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform is akin to a service for others to utilize. It will stay agile, adapting to work on five key areas: predictive maintenance, improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation, customer insights and help building autonomous driving capabilities.

The platform will bring Microsoft tools and services, including Cortana, Skype for Business and Office 365, to cars. As an example of its capabilities, if you ask Cortana to set up a meeting while you're using your phone at home, the next time you get in the car, Cortana will remind you about the meeting and start the navigation to it. 

As for Nissan, Microsoft said its services are destined for the car maker's next-gen connected vehicles, providing information on everything from navigation to predictive maintenance. 

Nissan's news comes after BMW already announced it will integrate Cortana into its vehicles, at some point. Volvo's 90 Series will also feature Skype for Business, Microsoft noted.

The Connected Vehicle Platform will launch in a public preview later this year, Microsoft said. While some may be disappointed we're not in for a Windows Car, Microsoft is clearly serious about helping others delivers connected cars.

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Publicado el 06 de January del 2017
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