Renault-Nissan and Microsoft signed a global, multiyear contract to work on next-generation connected car technologies and driving experiences.

The next-generation connected services for cars will be based on Microsoft Azure, one of the company's intelligent cloud offerings. These new services include advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates. Microsoft Azure will offer a secure global cloud platform with unlimited scale, allowing Renault-Nissan to deliver services to customers worldwide.

According to Renault-Nissan, the cars are becoming increasingly connected, intelligent and personal. Working together with Microsoft, they expect to accelerate Renault-Nissan's mobile and cloud strategies and offer connectivity features on mainstream vehicles at affordable prices.

By 2020, they wish to develop connectivity technologies and features, supporting the launch of over ten vehicles with autonomous driving technology with services, developed for the drivers to make better use of new in-car free time.

Sept. 30, 2016 Driving photo: Renault-Nissan

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