Ola partners with Microsoft for connected vehicle platform

Ola will use Microsoft AI and IoT to enhance driver experiences with telematics and navigation guidance.

Ola partners with Microsoft for connected vehicle platform

New Delhi: Ola is building a new connected vehicle platform for car manufacturers worldwide in partnership with Microsoft.

As part of this strategic partnership, Ola announced that Microsoft will be a preferred cloud provider and will use Microsoft Azure to power Ola Play, the company’s existing connected car platform.

“This will transform driver and passenger experiences with vehicle diagnostics, improved in-car productivity, advanced navigation, predictive maintenance of vehicles and more. Both companies will collaborate to take this platform to car manufacturers globally, to integrate with vehicle systems,” Ola said in a statement.

Ola said thta it will use Microsoft AI and IoT to enhance driver experiences with telematics and navigation guidance; passenger experiences with cloud-based infotainment and productivity; and provide auto manufacturers with custom digital experiences for their customers.

Ola Play customers will be able to use productivity tools such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, as well as voice-assisted controls built using Microsoft Cognitive Services and Bot framework, in-car during their rides.

It will also enable smarter navigation and predict breakdowns, enhancing safety and security while creating new business models and opportunities.

“The platform is designed to continually collect, analyze, and learn from high volumes of data and user behaviour. This will allow for customised offerings to shape the nature of services and business models, such as usage-based insurance, amongst others. Microsoft and Ola also plan to build superior safety features and advanced driver assistance services, as well,” Ola added.