Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has joined forces with Microsoft to create the Alliance Intelligent Cloud. Wait, what is it? Is it important? Let’s have a look.
Who is doing this?
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is the world’s leading automotive alliance, a strategic partnership. It sells 1 in 9 vehicles worldwide, and with sales of 10.6 million sold in 2017, it was the leading light vehicle manufacturing group in the world. In addition to the three partnership brands, it also controls Infinity, Renault Samsung, Dacia, Alpine, Datsun, Venucia and Lada. It also has partnerships in various forms with Daimler, China’s Dongfeng and Russia’s AvtoVAS.
What is it?
The Alliance Intelligent Cloud is a platform that enables Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi to deliver connected services to its vehicles sold in nearly 200 markets.
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing service, which enables users to remotely compute, analyse, store and network across the globe. With the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, Azure will focus mainly on the C of ACES.
ACES – Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification, and Shared mobility – are seen as the four pillars of future motoring. The connected car of tomorrow is more than a mode of transport, it is part of your daily life.
Your car will help you do business, set up appointments and remind you of that appointment, work out the best route to get there and change the route if conditions change. It will let you Skype, find and play music or other entertainment or shop.
The system will monitor the performance and systems of your car and millions of similar cars around the world. Using AI and the Internet of Things (IoT), it will update your car’s software and firmware (software embedded in hardware) when they need to be. It will do predictive maintenance; for example, it will learn from other similar cars that your fuel injection needs to be adjusted after 50 000km and do so. Or it will monitor your car’s performance and suggest specific maintenance.
The Alliance Intelligent Cloud is not built into your car. It lives in the cloud, constantly evolving, learning and adjusting. It connects you and your car to all aspects of the world and the world to you. It shrinks the world around you while expanding your world.
If this sounds scary and intimidating, it is to a certain extent. But being connected to the world is already part of your life. You are reading this on your phone or your PC, which is connected to the world. The cloud/AI/IoT genie is long out of the bottle and there is no going back. Unless you are willing to throw away your smartphone, chuck your PC, ditch your car, and go and live in a cave. Where you will hear a tinny voice: “Updating CAVE v1.0 to CAVE v1.1 now”.
What do you think? Are you ready for this? Or not?