Nissan and Microsoft have announced that all Nissan LEAF electric vehicles and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Nissan selected Microsoft Azure to meet customers’ expectations about in-vehicle mobility solutions, create additional ways to interact with their vehicles, and enhance safety.
Since the Nissan LEAF’s launch in 2010, more than 200,000 vehicles have been sold worldwide, making it one of the world’s best-selling electric vehicles. Nissan designs these cars to meet the needs of the “next generation” of car buyers, the environmentally conscious “digital natives.”
The connectivity to their owners and to the world around them would make electric cars attractive and convenient. Maps, range prediction, charging station availability, charge status, plus all the services customers have come to expect when inside a vehicle are dependent on that connectivity.
Microsoft Azure provides a global and secured cloud platform that allows Nissan to deliver its services worldwide to this broad customer base. The expansive global footprint of Microsoft’s data centers provides the coverage to support Nissan’s vehicles anywhere they are in the world.
Nissan CTS is coupled to Microsoft Azure, allowing a remote connection to the vehicle. With CTS, Nissan LEAF drivers can perform a range of functions on their car, while not even inside. These include using mobile phones to turn on and adjust climate controls and set charging functions remotely even when the vehicle is powered down. An onboard timer can also be programmed to start the charging event.
With the standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant for all Nissan LEAF around the world, drivers can manage incoming text messages via voice control without taking their hands from the wheel or their eyes off the road. Drivers are alerted to an incoming text and, after initiating the system, can hear the text read out loud and respond by voice, or via the steering wheel switches using preset answers such as ‘driving, can’t text,’ ‘on my way,’ ‘running late,’ ‘okay.’ These experiences are powered by the back-end connectivity and support of Microsoft Azure.
Nissan can also send over-the-air ‘point of interest’ (POI) updates as they become available, enabling customers to have the latest information as the company continues to refresh its services.
“Microsoft Azure will help us deliver a more innovative and intelligent future for our connected technologies,” said Celso Guiotoko, chief information officer and corporate vice president in charge of global corporate IS/IT, Nissan. “This is also a bold first step toward innovations that will realize future new mobility.”
As countries and regulations become more stringent on data privacy and technology standards, Nissan and Microsoft are committed to investing in meeting regulatory standards around the globe.
Nissan selected Microsoft Azure because of its enterprise-grade security and compliance. Microsoft was one of the first major cloud providers to adopt the world’s first international cloud privacy standard, ISO 27018. Microsoft Azure supports multiple operating systems, programming languages and tools, providing flexibility and choice for Nissan.