Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has unveiled production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform enabling RNM to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly 200 markets.

Culminating joint development efforts between the Alliance and Microsoft, the programme will be deployed utilising cloud, artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT technologies provided by Microsoft Azure.

Azure provides the Alliance with a global data platform to capture, manage and analyse vehicle data to deliver intelligent services based on the vast volume of data created by connected vehicles.

“Today we are deploying a vehicle connectivity platform that will transform the digital experience for customers of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi,” said RNM Alliance Connected Vehicles global VP, Kal Mos.

“Through our collaboration with Microsoft, we are introducing the most powerful and far-reaching connected vehicle platform.”

The first vehicles produced with Alliance Intelligent Cloud technology will be the Renault Clio and selected Nissan Leaf models sold in Japan and Europe. These are also the first vehicles powered by the Microsoft connected vehicle platform available to consumers at scale.

Features consolidated onto the connected platform include remote services, proactive monitoring, connected navigation, connected assistance, over-the-air software updates and other customer tailored services.

The Alliance Intelligent Cloud is capable of connecting Alliance vehicles with future smart cities infrastructure as it develops and with potential future partners.

With this new initiative, any third-party seeking to connect with all legacy and future connected Alliance vehicles will have a single point of contact.