Microsoft is planning something big in the automotive space, but it is not a self-driving car, instead the company will provide a virtual assistant to enhance the driving experience in the automakers connected vehicles.
In an announcement at the 2017 CES, Microsoft unveiled the Connected Vehicle Platform which is capable of handling everything from predictive maintenance, in-car productivity and advanced navigation.
The connected vehicle platform will be available as a public preview later this year and it will bring some of the Microsoft's core products such as Cortana, Office 365 and Skype For Business into production vehicles.
The Connected Vehicle Platform has a unified and access to the vehicle's sensor. So, the platform will be ahead of your schedule and will automatically pull up the driving directions.
Microsoft's EVP for Business Development, Peggy Johnson said, "This is not an in-car operating system or a 'finished product'. It's a living, agile platform that starts with the cloud as the foundation."
Nissan will be the first automaker to bring Microsoft's platform into the market. Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn showed a demo of how Cortana can bring up the driver's schedule and offer assistance in day-to-day tasks.
According to Microsoft, major automobile companies such as Toyota, Volvo and BMW are also planning to implement some of the features of the platform in their connected cars.
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