Ericsson, MS integrate platforms for next-gen connected cars
Ericsson and Microsoft are bringing their connected vehicle expertise together.
In a statement, the companies say 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, much easier and faster while reducing costs. It provides flexibility through modular design and multiple deployment options, the companies say.
Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud connects more than four million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide – approximately 10% of the connected vehicle market, says Ericsson.
“The platform is tailored to fit vehicle manufacturers’ growing demand for scalability and flexibility with the capability of supporting any connected vehicle service.”
Further, it says, Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud offloads vehicle manufacturers’ complexity of global 24/7 operations and life cycle management related to connected vehicles with a guaranteed service-level agreement.
Similarly, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) empowers automotive companies to accelerate the delivery of safe, comfortable and personalised connected driving experiences, says the statement.
It combines cloud infrastructure, edge technology as well as artificial intelligence and Internet of things services with a diverse partner ecosystem.
“With MCVP, Microsoft offers a consistent, cloud-connected platform across all digital scenarios on top of which customer-facing solutions can be built, including in-vehicle infotainment, advanced navigation, autonomous driving, telematics and prediction services, and over-the-air updates. MCVP includes the hyperscale, global availability and regulatory compliance that come with Microsoft Azure,” reads the statement.
Åsa Tamsons, Ericsson senior vice-president and head of business area technologies, says: “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.
“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 for business development at Microsoft, comments: “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.”