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Nov 07, 2017 02:44 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Satya Nadella Visit: Microsoft & Ola to build a connected car platform & market globally

Ola announced that Microsoft will be preferred cloud provider and will use Microsoft Azure to power Ola Play, the company’s existing connected in-car entertainment platform

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Bangalore-based online taxi aggregator Ola on Tuesday inked a partnership with US-based Microsoft in building a new connected vehicle platform for car manufacturers.

As part of this strategic partnership, Ola announced that Microsoft will be preferred cloud provider and will use Microsoft Azure to power Ola Play, the company’s existing connected in-car entertainment platform.

“Today’s car is quickly becoming the ultimate computing device and together with Ola, we are focused on providing more intelligent, connected and productive experiences to our customers,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft on his India visit this week.

Ola said that its partnership with Microsoft will transform driver and passenger experiences with vehicle diagnostics, improve in-car productivity, advance navigation and more. Both companies plan to take this platform to car manufacturers globally, to integrate vehicle systems.

Also Read: Pune startup to provide in-cab entertainment for Uber in India

Customers will be able to use productivity tools such as Office 365 and Skype for Business, as well as voice-assisted controls, built Microsoft Cognitive Services and Bot framework, in-car during their rides.

Nadella added, “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.”

Microsoft and Ola also plan to build superior safety features and advanced driver assistances, as well.

Also Read: Uber can now track cab diagnostics to ensure safety and regular maintenance

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO of Ola said, “With Ola Play we have already set the tone for connected vehicles in India. Together with Microsoft, we can make the new platform available to a larger, global audience and unlock futuristic experiences for customers worldwide.”

 
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