In a welcome development for commuters, Microsoft has teamed up with cab aggregator Ola to create an advanced connected vehicle platform. The plan is to build the platform in such a way that it would benefit all stakeholders such as the government, businesses and end-users. Ola already has its own connected car platform Ola Play and now it will be upgraded with Microsoft Azure. With Microsoft’s advanced Azure technology, it will add a new level of intelligence to Ola’s connected vehicle platform. This in turn would provide for enhanced user experience and it will also improve productivity. With integration of Microsoft Azure, customers would be able to use various services such as Office 365, Skype for business, and Microsoft Cognitive Services & Bot framework.
Speaking about the partnership with Ola, Microsoft chief executive officer (CEO) Satya Nadella said, “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.” Globally, the trend has been seen wherein vehicles are getting increasingly packed with the latest technology. Such vehicles can no longer be said to be just fuel-powered transport units. By partnering with Microsoft, Ola will be able to improve ride quality and create new experiences for its customers. The technology will also help improve the vehicle’s performance by tracking various parameters such as fuel consumption, engine dynamics, etc.