Minda iConnect Pvt Ltd, the connected vehicle and telematics arm of UNO MINDA Group, and Microsoft India today announced a strategic collaboration to drive connected vehicle technologies for the automotive industry in India. With this collaboration, UnoMinda and Microsoft aim to enhance in-vehicle connectivity and efficiency to provide an enriched driving experience to automotive users in the country. Microsoft will help UNO MINDA develop technologies that will bring together artificial intelligence (AI), advanced machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities on the Microsoft Azure cloud.
These technologies will help create highly personalized, smart and safer driving experience for vehicle drivers. Both companies will work together to identify the needs of the end customer and work with automobile companies to meet these needs better via the connected vehicle technologies. Some of the key development areas in the next two years will include real time benchmarking of driving behavior, real time coaching, vehicle to vehicle, and vehicle to infrastructure communication. In addition, fleet owners will be enabled to better incentivize their drivers to improve both fleet efficiency and driver safety. A big focus will be to bring the right ecosystem partners onto the platform to provide a seamless vehicle management experience for end customers. For example, seamless road side assistance, insurance renewals and usage based insurance would be some of the upcoming features. With 4G networks now becoming prevalent in India, audio video and news content with connected vehicle program will be some of the key highlights for the end consumers.