The fifth-generation Renault Clio will be among the first models to be sold with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s new, Microsoft Azure-backed Alliance Intelligent Cloud connected-vehicle platform. 
 - Photo courtesy Groupe Renault

The fifth-generation Renault Clio will be among the first models to be sold with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s new, Microsoft Azure-backed Alliance Intelligent Cloud connected-vehicle platform.

Photo courtesy Groupe Renault

PARIS, YOKOHAMA, and TOKYO — Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform designed to enable Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly all 200 markets served by the Alliance member companies.

Developed in partnership with Microsoft Azure, the new platform is billed as a first for the automotive industry. Azure provides the Alliance with a global data platform to securely capture, manage and analyze vehicle data to deliver intelligent services based on the vast volume of data created by connected vehicles, said Kal Mos, global vice president of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

“Today we are deploying a vehicle connectivity platform that will transform the digital experience for customers of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi,” Mos said. “Through our collaboration with Microsoft, we are introducing the most powerful and far-reaching connected vehicle platform. Leveraging the size and scale of the Alliance, we have built an intelligent cloud platform that sets the pace for our industry.”

“Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is a longstanding partner and our first strategic partner for the Microsoft connected vehicle platform.” said Jean-Phillipe Courtois, EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations at Microsoft. “Today’s production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud enables a new generation of connected services powered by Microsoft Azure to come to market.”

The first vehicles produced with Alliance Intelligent Cloud technology will be the all-new Renault Clio and selected Nissan Leaf models sold in Japan and Europe. Vehicles utilizing the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will benefit from seamless access to the internet, providing enhanced remote diagnostics, continuous software deployment, firmware updates as well as access to infotainment services, all according to the announcement.

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