The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has agreed a multi-year deal with Google to produce vehicles with Android-powered infotainment systems as part of a wider strategy to equip new vehicles with a wider array of connected systems. The rollout of vehicles running Android infotainment systems is expected to begin in 2021 and will enable drivers and passengers to directly use Google Maps from the vehicle, run automotive apps from the Google Play store and use the voice-controlled audio assistant to answer texts and calls, find information and manage different functions within the vehicle. These services will be combined with the the carmakers' Alliance Intelligent Cloud to enable remote software upgrades and vehicle diagnostics. The ecosystem will also be compatible with devices running other operating systems - including Apple iOS. "With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles," said Kal Mos, Global Vice President of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. The deal with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance sees Google working with a group of companies which sold over 10 million vehicles in 200 markets around the world.
With the Internet of Things (IoT), vehicles are evolving from self-contained commodities focused on transportation to sophisticated, Internet-connected endpoints often capable of two-way communication. The new data streams generated by modern connected vehicles drive innovative business models such as usage-based insurance, enable new in-vehicle experiences and build the foundation for advances such as autonomous driving and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. Through all this, we here at Google Cloud are excited to help make this world a reality. We recently published a solution guide that describes how various Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services fit into the picture. Vehicles can produce upwards of 560 GB data per vehicle, per day.
Fiat Chrysler wants to better the quality of its vehicles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a new global architecture for its connected vehicle services. The company plans to partner with Samsung's Harman and Google's Android platform in a system launching in the second half of this year. By 2022, all new FCA vehicles worldwide will be connected through what the company is calling its global connected vehicle ecosystem, according to a news release. Currently, about 40% of FCA's fleet in the United States and Canada is connected, said Ariel Gavilan, a company spokesman.
At CES 2016, Microsoft announced that it is building a platform to enable automobile manufacturers to deliver connected car experiences to customers. Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform is a set of services that is integrated with Azure, Cortana, Office 365, Power BI, and Skype. In the last couple of years, Microsoft has doubled down its investment in machine learning (ML) and analytics. The company is embedding ML in almost all its products. Powered by Azure, these new set of services such as Azure ML, Microsoft Cognitive Services, Cortana Intelligence Suite takes advantage of the abundant compute and storage resources exposed by the underlying infrastructure.