Ericsson Inks Partnership With Microsoft For Connected Cars

Connected Cars

Ericsson has established partnership with Microsoft for the launch of the next-generation connected cars. In a statement released to the press, the company disclosed that they are bringing the experience of the connected vehicle together by bringing the Connected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform running of Microsoft Azure.

The latest solution enables automakers to deploy and scale global vehicle services such as fleet management, OTA updates, and connected safety services. The platform also provides flexibility via modular design and multiple deployment options.

The Connected Vehicle Cloud developed by Ericsson is capable of connecting more than four million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide, which is 10 percent of the market. Moreover, the platform is tailored to fit vehicle manufacturers growing demand for scalability and flexibility with support for any connected vehicle service.

The Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud platform is designed to offload vehicle manufacturer’s complexity of global 24/7 operations and lifecycle management related to connected vehicles with an assured service-level agreement. Moreover, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) empowers automotive companies to accelerate the delivery of safe, comfortable in addition to the personalized connected driving experiences. The technology combines not only cloud infrastructure but also edge technology, AI, IoT services with a wide range of diverse partner ecosystem.

Commenting on the development, Asa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses disclosed that the Ericsson and Microsoft partnership will deliver a comprehensive connected vehicle platform at scale to the market. The integrated solution will help automotive manufacturers accelerate their global connected vehicle solutions and offer a better experience for drivers and passengers. The company offers great benefits for the automotive industry, which leverages Ericsson and Microsoft’s technology leadership in connectivity and cloud.

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With the help of MCVP, Microsoft offers a consistent and cloud-connected platform across all digital scenarios such as in-vehicle infotainment, advanced navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and prediction services, and OTA updates. The platform includes the hyperscale, global availability, and regulatory compliance that comes with Microsoft Azure.

Responding to media, Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development at Microsoft revealed that the company intends to simplify the development of connected vehicle services to not only help carmakers focus on their customers needs but also to accelerate the delivery of unique, tailor-made driving experiences.

Microsoft and Ericsson will jointly conduct social event at CES 2020 in Las Vegas to inaugurate the new partnership on January 7, 6 PM to 8 PM.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com