Home-grown cab hailing application Ola has tied up with Microsoft Corp to set up a new connected vehicle platform. As per the announcement, both the companies have entered into the strategic alliance where they would be using the U.S tech giant's Azure cloud computing service to clout it's in-car entertainment offering. The alliance will facilitate Ola driver partners to park their vehicles at a designated area. This would, in turn, reduce the estimated time of arrival to as low as two minutes. Ola representatives will manage the kiosks to facilitate commuters who do not have an Ola Application on their phone to book a cab. The pickup and drop off points will be served by designated Ola zones.
The new connected vehicle platform will help in the predictive maintenance and navigation of the vehicle. "Both companies will collaborate to take this platform to car manufacturers globally, to integrate with vehicle systems," said Microsoft’s Chief Satya Nadella.
"Today's car is quickly becoming the ultimate computing device and together with Ola, we're focused on providing more intelligent, connected and productive experiences to our customers. 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,” added Satya Nadella.
"Globally, the auto industry is experiencing a seismic shift as the definition of automobiles is increasingly changing from gas-powered vehicles to technology-packed, connected devices. 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,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO of Ola.