Nissan Motor Corporation and Microsoft Corporation announced at the 2016 CES, which kicked off on January 5 in Las Vegas, that Nissan Leaf and Infiniti models in Europe will have Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.
Nissan launched the Leaf in 2010. The Leaf is the EV that has sold the most worldwide, with 200,000 units, making it a global leader in the EV market. The adoption of Microsoft Azure will further widen Nissan’s EV market share leadership. Customers will always be able to connect with their cars to perform a range of functions.
This connectivity will provide all the services that customers have come to expect when inside a vehicle, including maps, range prediction, charging station availability, and charge status. Nissan will be able to deliver services worldwide to a broad customer base via Azure, which provides a global cloud platform with cutting-edge security.
Coupled with Azure, the Nissan CTS allows remote connection to the vehicle. Leaf drivers, even without riding the car, will be able to perform a range of functions. For example, using mobile phones connected to the Internet, drivers can turn on the air conditioning or set charging functions remotely even when the vehicle is powered down. There’s also a timer mounted on the dashboard that can be programmed to start the charging event.
Furthermore, with the Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant available to the Nissan Leaf, drivers will be able to check incoming text messages via voice control, without having to take their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road. Aside from being alerted with incoming text messages, this function can also read the text messages out loud via voice control. In addition to that, drivers can send preset answers using steering wheel switches, such as “driving, can’t text,” “on my way,” and “okay.” These functions are supported by the back-end connectivity and support of Azure.
(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)