Ericsson & Microsoft team up for next-gen connected cars

Dec. 19, 2019
Aims to accelerate the delivery of new connected-car services.

Ericsson and Microsoft are bringing their connected-vehicle expertise together. Ericsson is building its Connected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform that is running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The integrated solution allows automakers to deploy and scale global vehicle services such as fleet management, over-the-air software updates and connected safety services easier and faster while reducing costs, according to the partners, who claim that this approach provides flexibility through modular design and multiple deployment options.

Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud connects more than 4 million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide, approximately 10% of the connected-vehicle market according to the company, which tailors the platform to fit vehicle manufacturers’ demand for scalability and flexibility with the capability of supporting any connected vehicle service.

The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) empowers automotive companies to accelerate the delivery of safe, comfortable and personalized connected-driving experiences, according to the company. It combines cloud infrastructure, edge technology as well as AI and IoT services with a diverse partner ecosystem.

“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, senior vice president and head of business area technologies & new businesses. “This is an exciting new offering with great benefits for the automotive industry, leveraging Ericsson and Microsoft’s technology leadership in connectivity and cloud.”

Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, business development at Microsoft added, “Together with Ericsson, we intend to simplify the development of connected-vehicle services to help car makers focus on their customers’ needs and accelerate the delivery of unique, tailor-made driving experiences.”