Microsoft wants to see its online services, including its Cortana digital assistant, put inside more cars. This week, as part of CES 2017, the company announced the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform, a cloud-based system that has already snagged Renault-Nissan as its first automobile maker to support the service.
The platform will allow car makers to connect with Microsoft’s many online services via its Azure cloud servers. In addition to Cortana, cars will be able to connect and use products and services like Office 365, Power BI and Skype for Business. It will then help car makers create custom connected driving features.
Microsoft’s system will also collect data from cars and use them to add features such as advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, and more. The company repeated previous statements that it has no plans to develop its own connected cars but rather wants to help established automobile makers add those kinds of features to its vehicles. The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will be available as a preview version sometime later in 2017.
Microsoft previously announced a partnership with Volvo at CES 2017, that will see the Skype for Business VoIP messaging service added to Volvo’s 90 Series cars. In the future, the company said it may also add Cortana support for those vehicles as well.