The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is set to introduce its new online connected platform later this year. Dubbed the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, it is built on Microsoft Azure and will power the Alliance’s latest connectivity features. The upcoming Alliance cloud will allow all three automakers to deliver connected services to vehicles sold in almost all markets in which the Alliance member companies operate in.
"Today we are deploying a vehicle connectivity platform that will transform the digital experience for customers of Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi. Through our collaboration with Microsoft, we are introducing the most powerful and far-reaching connected vehicle platform. Leveraging the size and scale of the Alliance, we have built an intelligent cloud platform that sets the pace for our industry," said Kal Mos, Global Vice President of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.
The first vehicles to come with Alliance Cloud Technology will be the all-new Renault Clio and Nissan Leaf models sold in Japan and Europe. More Renault, Nissan and, eventually, Mitsubishi vehicles will be available with that feature. It will also be expanded to other regions outside of Europe and Japan such as the U.S. and in parts of Asia. Vehicles fitted with the Alliance cloud technology will benefit from ‘seamless access to the internet, providing enhanced remote diagnostics, continuous software deployment, firmware updates as well as access to infotainment services’.
As the cloud is a highly scalable, data-driven platform, it will also enable advanced AI analytics scenarios and ‘accelerate time to market for new innovations and business initiatives’. It will also allow the Alliance to collect data which will be used in future technology. Furthermore, the Alliance Intelligent Cloud is claimed to be capable of connecting Alliance vehicles with future smart cities as well.