Microsoft is out to make headway in the realm of connected cars. The markets for cloud-based solutions are only set to rise for the foreseeable future. In-car connectivity forms a massive part of that growth and leading Microsoft into the auto space is the company’s groundbreaking Azure Cloud. Microsoft is now partnering with Tata and Toyota in order to bring its take on in-car services to the fore. It is a considerable move for the Azure maker which has wanted to further itself in the auto industry for the longest while.
You may not be aware of this, but Microsoft recently forged the first partnership for smart car services with an Indian company. The venture will see the software giant create cognitive and artificial intelligence platforms for Tata Motors.
India is still a long way off when it comes to making a name for itself in the connected car scene. It’s a wasted opportunity considering homegrown automakers like Tata make more than $41 billion in revenues. By 2020 far over 60 million cars will make use of some kind of cloud-powered in-car services. Though part of a booming car market, Tata has shied away from pleasing the growing, connectivity-driven millennial consumer base.
“The possibilities are enormous,” claims Timothy Leverton, Tata’s head of product engineering. “There will be many more engagements moving forward.”
Making use of Azure’s cloud services will help bring Tata out of the in-car dark ages. Thus far the car maker has only backed the use of minor apps and engaging UI in its cars. Microsoft’s vehicle partners will turn the firm into a formidable maker of connected car systems. The bones of the Tata’s systems will soon be Azure-based, offering MSFT software as a service. Beyond that, popular app makers like Amazon Prime and Google Play are bound to feature on the system as well.
Moreover, adding leading connectivity is bound to do wonders for Tata sales as well as putting India on the map. “These features are being built in India for global markets such as the US and UK from India. It would be interesting to see what kind of cloud applications will work for India,” says RBIE Limited’s Vijay Ratnaparkhe.
Nadella rose to CEO by pushing Microsoft’s cloud computing divisions to the fore. Under his guidance, the makers of Windows covered a lot of ground in the markets of remote storage and computing services. They now stands as a formidable rival in the race to secure first place in global cloud and AI solutions.
“There [only] are a few companies that are at the cutting-edge of AI, Nadella tells the AFR, “in whichever way you look at it.” The MSFT boss strongly believes that his company makes the cut.
The projects which Microsoft has undergone to boost its AI infrastructure and services are proving their worth. By combining cloud services with its enhanced expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft has jumped to the front of cloud-based markets. The tech firm is set to put its cloud solutions ahead of even more conventional offerings by infusing them will greater intelligence systems.
Microsoft is an AI superpower.
Microsoft’s Azure has already seen the world greatest deployment of custom FPGAs. Formal considered field-programmable gate arrays, FPGAs are essential more smarter, more versatile processors and they are placed in all of MSFT’s data centers around the world. Nadella claims that this has effectively produced the globe’s “first AI supercomputer”.
The immense capabilities of Microsoft’s AI systems were recently showcased when it successfully translated all of Wikipedia’s English articles (around 5 million in total) into a different language. This was achieved in under a tenth of a second at its most recent Ignite Conference.
“[W]hen you look at the capability around speech recognition, who has the state of the art? Microsoft does,” the CEO asserted. “[W]ith image recognition? Microsoft again. [T]hose are not subjective,” he went on to defend, “they are judged by objective criteria.”
Smart solutions for everyone — Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is certain that it has multiple advantages over its rivals at this point. In part, its CEO claims that this is because the likes of Amazon, IBM and Google are less focused on some of the more important aspects of AI and cloud solutions, like how the software should ideally be used to interact with people.
Seeking to accelerate its growth as an AI superpower, the Windows producer has secured several rising start-ups. Amazon and Google are known for doing the same. By adopting rising superstars in the realm of AI solutions, Microsoft manages to gain more expertise, and greater exposure to its own services.
While at the head of MSFT, Nadella seeks to democratize the power of cloud AI the same way the company helped enable information at your fingertips. “We want to bring intelligence to everything, to everywhere and for everyone.”