Homegrown cab aggregator Ola has announced a strategic partnership with tech giant Microsoft to develop a new connected vehicle platform for car markers. As part of the newly-forged alliance, Ola has named Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider.
In an official statement, the ride-sharing startup stated that, henceforth, Ola Play will be powered by Microsoft Azure cloud computing service.
The move is aimed at improving driver and passenger experiences through better vehicular diagnostics, in-car productivity, advanced navigation and predictive maintenance, among other things.
Once developed, the connected vehicle platform will be made available to car manufacturers globally.
Commenting on the development, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the announcement, “Today’s car is quickly becoming the ultimate computing device and together with Ola, we’re focused on providing more intelligent, connected and productive experiences to our customers. The combination of Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and our AI platform with Ola Play will deliver new customer experiences and business opportunities across the automotive ecosystem.”
Envisioned as an upgraded version of Ola Play, the new system will be built by leveraging Microsoft’s AI, IoT and productivity tools. As stated by Nadella, the platform will boast a number of additional features including telematics and navigation guidance as well as cloud-based infotainment.