Microsoft enters the autonomous/connected race alongside Renault and Nissan image

The French-Japanese long running alliance is among the automakers that promised autonomous vehicles before long, which is why we’re seeing them partner with IT giant Microsoft this year.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft have agreed to a multi-year partnership for developing the next-generation of in-car technology. The main mission for Microsoft is to help the carmakers with its Azure cloud-based computing infrastructure. Both Renault and Nissan said they would have at least ten models with semi or full autonomous capabilities on the market by 2020, so the partnership could focus on giving people inside the cars something to do while the computer does the driving. Renault-Nissan and Microsoft seek to deliver the same level of connectivity for the cars as seen in smartphones, with lots of potential examples.

For instance, the owner could monitor the vehicle from anywhere, or if you want to loan your vehicle to somebody you could do it remotely, online. If the car gets stolen – you will be able to just login from a computer and disable it. The automaker and the tech giant are also looking at ways to improve the infotainment systems – workaholics could use the vehicle as an extension of the office, or techies could see the over-the-air updates coming in to keep the system at its latest version. Microsoft has been involved with automakers for years, with the latest collaboration being with Volvo, for example.