Nissan selects Microsoft Azure to power Nissan Telematics System
January Five, two thousand sixteen | Microsoft News Center
LAS VEGAS — Jan. Five, 2016 — Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced that all Nissan LEAF models and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft Azure. Since the Nissan LEAF’s launch in 2010, more than 200,000 have been sold worldwide, making it the world’s best-selling electrical vehicle. Nissan selected Azure to meet customers’ expectations about in-vehicle mobility solutions, create extra ways to interact with their vehicles, and enhance safety.
Nissan designs cars to meet the needs of the next generation of car buyers, the environmentally conscious “digital natives.” Having transformed the spectacle, practicality and public perception of EVs around the world since the LEAF’s launch, Nissan remains one of the leaders in EV technology. The connectivity to their owners and to the world around them makes electrical cars more attractive and convenient. Maps, range prediction, charging station availability, charge status, plus all the services customers have come to expect when inwards a vehicle are dependent on that connectivity. Azure provides a global cloud platform with cutting-edge security that permits Nissan to supply services worldwide to this broad customer base.
Nissan CTS is coupled to Azure, permitting a remote connection to the vehicle. With CTS, Nissan LEAF drivers can perform a range of functions on their car, while not even inwards. These include using mobile phones to turn on and adjust climate controls and set charging functions remotely even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to commence the charging event.
As countries and regulations become more stringent on data privacy and technology standards, Nissan and Microsoft are committed to investing in meeting regulatory standards around the globe. Nissan selected Azure because of its enterprise-grade security and compliance. Microsoft was the very first major cloud provider to adopt the world’s very first international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018, providing another reason enterprise customers can budge with confidence to Azure. Azure supports numerous operating systems, programming languages and devices, providing plasticity and choice for Nissan.
With the standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant for all Nissan LEAF around the world, drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their forearms from the wheel or their eyes off the road. Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out noisy and react by voice, or via the steering wheel switches using preset answers such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” “running late,” “okay.” These practices are powered by the back-end connectivity and support of Azure.
Nissan can also send over-the-air “point of interest” (POI) updates as they become available, enabling customers to have the latest information as the company resumes to refresh its services. Connectivity to Azure permits Nissan to bring fresh connected features to market swifter and suggest plasticity for the future.
The partnership permits Nissan to tap into Microsoft’s deep expertise across critical areas such as data management and analytics. Azure offers Nissan the scale and commitment to security it needs to support its global operations. The expansive global footprint of Microsoft’s datacenters provides the coverage to support Nissan’s vehicles anywhere they are in the world.
“Microsoft Azure will help us produce a more innovative and intelligent future for our connected technologies,” said Celso Guiotoko, chief information officer and corporate vice president in charge of global corporate IS/IT, Nissan. “This is also a bold very first step toward innovations that will realize future fresh mobility.”
Nissan’s connected platform powered by Azure is permitting Nissan to proceed to provide its customers with exceptional value and add fresh services via the vehicle life cycle.
“Our partnership with Nissan shows what automakers can accomplish by tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent cloud platform,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Further, our collaboration exposes tremendous possibilities for how consumers can get more out of their connected driving practice.”
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than sixty models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2014, the company sold more than Five.Trio million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.Three trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world’s best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceana; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500, and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999.
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