The next-generation technologies will include advanced navigation, predictive maintenance & over-the-air software updates
The Renault-Nissan alliance and Microsoft Corp are partnering to develop cloud-based services for cars, a step toward the group's plans to build self-driving automobiles by 2020.
The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the company’s cloud services.
The services will include advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and over-the-air software updates.
Renault and Nissan alliance aims to develop next-generation technologies and launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology by 2020.
In January, the alliance hired former Nokia executive Ogi Redzic to lead its connected car efforts.
Last week, the alliance announced it would buy French software development company Sylpheo to offer new services including ride hailing and car sharing.
Automakers from Toyota Motor Corp to General Motors have been investing in software firms and tech start-ups to position themselves for the rise of autonomous driving, ride-sharing and other connected services.
The next-generation technologies threaten the traditional vehicle ownership model that has dominated the past century.
(WION with inputs from Reuters)