Tata Motors, Microsoft partner to enhance in-car connectivity

In an official announcement, Tata Motors has indicated that it will be using Microsoft developed technologies based on the company's Azure cloud computing service. Tata Motors confirmed that the first automobile with the enhanced experience will be showcased at 87th Geneva International Motor Show in March 2017.

Microsoft is the biggest cloud infrastructure services vendor after e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. Its new agreement with Tata will see the company use Microsoft's artificial intelligence, machine learning, and Internet of Things technologies, powered by the Azure cloud platform. Tata Motors will bring in user interface application and services suite utilizing Microsoft enabled functionality like advanced navigation, predictive maintenance, telematics and remote monitoring features.

Tata Motors' new vertical TAMO will first use this technology, and then the wider Tata Motors stable will follow suit. This, the companies say, will help create a highly personalised, smart and safer driving experience across the digital and physical worlds. With the Microsoft Azure cloud computing technologies, the company will be able to tap into advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of auto features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

According to Autocar Professional's sister brand Autocar India, the Futuro is an affordable two-seater, mid-engined sportscar.

Vehicle owners may be able to receive notifications based on their point of interest, as well as route assisted recommendations. The company has been working closely with Tata Motors since the beginning of 2016 and so knows exactly what the company needs in its future cars. These will help cloud based diagnostics and the ability to use insights from vehicle data to prevent warranty and recall issues, and offer new services that improve user experience. Additionally, there will be and upgrade to navigation, maps, weather traffic and parking data which will upgrade the optimisation process too. However, Microsoft's solutions for Tata Motors will be customised for the Indian driving experience, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India said at the press conference.

Vanessa Coleman