Arrival has announced it will be co-developing its digital fleet and vehicle capabilities for the automotive industry with Microsoft.  This cloud-based approach using Microsoft Azure will enable advanced uses of telemetry, vehicle and fleet  data management across vehicle fleets.

The company says an ever-increasing amount of data is produced and stored in the cloud by individual vehicles and fleets globally, but there is currently no standardised way of managing and utilising that data flow.  Arrival plans to develop models with Microsoft that simplify the sharing of data within a mobility and freight ecosystem.

Arrival maintains that these multi-tenant data ownership models will also increase the utility of shared data and serve as a foundation for multiple different stakeholders – including OEMs, suppliers, cities, and freight  and logistics companies – to securely and responsibly analyse these swathes of data and apply valuable insights to their business.  This, it says, will provide these stakeholders full transparency and control over what data is shared and with who – enabling them to  benefit from their data in ways never before possible.

Arrival says this approach could allow easier access for an insurance company to process claims or set premiums to better understand and manage risk while remaining competitive in the market, or for cities  to benefit from understanding more about traffic flows and how to collectively optimize the performance of transportation and freight providers.

The resulting open data platform will use Azure and machine learning to extract insights from the data, and edge computing to minimize vehicle-to-cloud data flow.  By implementing a unified, canonical data standard and transparent data sharing policy, the insights drawn will enable improved vehicle designs, advanced fleet logistics and help spur advancements in mobility ecosystems and business models.

“Arrival is bringing zero emission mobility solutions to communities globally.  Data management and analysis is crucial to bringing customized, affordable and equitable solutions to the world.  With the rapid advances in technology across all areas, we need a standardised way of collecting, assimilating and sharing that data so all can share in the full benefits of what connected vehicles can bring,” said Avinash Rugoobur, President of Arrival.  “Working closely with Microsoft to develop and then demonstrate the huge advantages of having an open data platform for vehicles and fleets will be truly ground-breaking for companies and cities around the world.”

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“Microsoft has always been at the forefront of enabling customer and partner ecosystems to make effective use of their data.  The automotive industry will benefit from better capabilities to standardize and share data, and we are pleased to collaborate with Arrival to accelerate the development of their open data platform for vehicles and fleets.” said Sanjay Ravi, General Manager, Automotive, Mobility & Transportation Industry, Microsoft.

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