At Nissan’s CES keynote, a brand new offering within the connected car landscape was put forth. Your next drive in a Nissan could be a whole lot smarter. And after having a full-on conversation with your own in-car Cortana setup, you might just be left feeling like Halo‘s Master Chief.
The automaker was the second at CES to announce the addition of Microsoft’s personal assistant AI to its future vehicles. Volvo also touted upcoming Cortana-connected cars earlier this week.
Nissan’s connected system, however, will take on a more open-ended approach than Volvo’s.
Volvo’s cars will have Skype for Business functionality, while Nissan’s will be outfitted with Microsoft’s new Connected Vehicle Platform, an Azure cloud-based platform designed to “empower auto manufacturers to create custom connected driving experiences,” as Microsoft executive VP of business development Peggy Johnson wrote in a blog post hyping the announcement.
The system will bring many of Microsoft’s intelligence and productivity software offerings to the driver’s seat. They include Cortana, Dynamics, Office 365, Power BI and Skype for Business. It will be available as a public preview later this year. Given Microsoft’s partnership with the Renualt-Nissan Alliance, it’s no surprise that the Connected Vehicle Platform is showing up here.
Nissan teased the news as early as Monday leading up to the big announcement.
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This is just the latest in the trend of personal assistant AI moving into to cars. In addition to Volvo’s Cortana connection, Google Assistant will soon come to Daimler and Hyundai vehicles while Amazon Alexa will be integrated into Ford’s cars.
At this rate, every car will have some kind of personal assistant. So much for taking a long drive by yourself to clear your head. Now, there will always be a computerized voice keeping you from getting lost on the road and in your thoughts.