The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform: An Introduction

The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform: An Introduction


>>Did you know that
Microsoft is still doing business with
car manufacturers? Sammy from the MCV Team, Microsoft Connected
Vehicle Platform Team, is here to tell us everything
about what’s going on there. [MUSIC].>>Hi everyone. Thanks for
watching the IoT Show. I’m Olivia your host
and today we have Sammy from the Microsoft
Connected Vehicle Platform, who is here to talk to us about
the Connected Vehicle Platform. Sammy, thanks for joining us.>>Thanks for having me.>>Tell us a bit about
yourself first, who are you? Where are you coming from? What is your Team doing?>>My name is Sammy, I’ve been at
Microsoft a bit over 20 years. I come from the Azure
IoT Mobility Team. That’s a Team within
Azure that comprises both the Connected Vehicle Platform
Team and the Azure Maps Team.>>Can you tell me in a nutshell, why that team part of
the Azure IoT group?>>Well, automotive in general, vehicles are really an
application of IoT. It’s essentially we do
IoT for things that move, is how we describe what we’re doing. An additional, value add that the Connected Vehicle Platform
provides on top is that, we envision vehicles
not just as a set of IoT devices that happen to be moving around in the same
direction all the time, but that they actually roll up to the single logical
notion of a vehicle.>>Awesome, we had
recent announcements for that partnership with
Volkswagen, with Renault-Nissan. So I’d like to understand it better, in the past Microsoft has
been trying things or developing system solutions
for the car manufacturers, and we had a infotainment
systems in cars, they were branded Microsoft, and so on. Are we doing the same?>>We’re doing something quite
a bit different than that. So the approach that underpins the Connected Vehicle Platform
is very much a partner led. Really any vehicle
that you see out on the road is the result of dozens if not hundreds of
partnerships lined up by the OEMs to at the end of
the day speed out a car. We are aligning ourselves
without approach. So working with partners that
handle things such as OTA, delivering binary updates
software updates to the car, connectivity to deliver actual
network connectivity to the Internet from the vehicle in order to round out
a complete solution. So we very much think
of and talk to partners and OEM customers as MCVP
being a partner lead approach.>>Okay, and what are
the scenarios that the platform allows this
car manifest to implement.>>Sure. So let’s see, we do from basic
telematics scenarios. So delivering location, speed, different vehicles status
messages up to the Cloud. So that analytics
can be performed and your typical fleet management
applications can be built. On top of that, there is an entire class of
scenarios which involve not from vehicle to Cloud
but from Cloud to vehicle. These include things such
as command and control. So a lot of the scenarios that
have recently been popularized, where you have a mobile
app on the device. You invoke some functions such as unlocking the doors
or honking the horn, and MCVP arranges for those commands to be delivered
down to the vehicle. Now, those things are not new. What we’re doing is providing the connectivity platforms so that the OEMs can focus on the scenario. They can focus on
building the mobile app. They can focus on the experience. Things around connectivity delivering those messages down to the vehicle, providing a straightforward way to provide software
updates down the vehicle. Those are handled by us.
That’s the value add.>>Got it. So yeah,
they can definitely and it’s the same message
that we have for overall platform at Azure IoT which is we simplifying
this plumbing, which is complex complicated
and hard to maintain, hard to build, security
is part of it as well.>>So it’s a huge part
of it. So we have very specific recommendations on how the connection to
the vehicle is secured. How devices and vehicles are
provisioned and de-provisioned. One of the messages that the OEMs have really responded
to and resonated with is that, unless the OEM tell their customer, unless they tell the driver of their vehicle that
Microsoft technologies are underpinning certain aspects of that experience, the
consumer will not know. So there will not be a Microsoft branded piece of hardware
sitting in the vehicle, when the vehicle starts up and the IVI display in that
center stack screen, you will not see a Microsoft Logo. It’s really up to the OEM to decide
the manner in which they want to customize and differentiate that experience for their customers.>>Awesome. One of the
technologies that you guys are using from the offer that Azure actually has like some names
of the technologies is that, are actually audiences
is using this products, and always interested in where these products are
ending at the end of the day.>>Sure. So if you were to look, I think the question
would maybe better phrase which ones are we not using. So if you were to do
an MCVP deployment into your Azure
subscription and then you went and looked at through
the Azure Console, you would see a number
of resource groups and then you’d see
something like 35 to 40 constituent Azure services that we bring together in
order to make up MCVP. Those include things like IoT Hub, Event Grid, Azure Data
Lake, Service Fabric. There are a number of
them that are in the Key Vault, many of them.>>Okay. So let’s say it’s
a perfect illustration of what can be done leveraging
the Azure IoT Services.>>GetHub absolutely is
and that’s a big part of the message that we give to OEMs and potential partners which is we say to them connected vehicle solutions
themselves are not new. What we’ve done as
you mentioned earlier is we’ve taken the plumbing, we’ve taken some of
undifferentiated heavy lifting is common across a lot of the things. We’ve done it themselves.
We’ve done at a global scale. We point out that Azure has this global coverage and this incredibly fast network interconnect. We’ve taken that all and
put it into the platform so that they can focus
on the scenario is that differentiate them from
their competitors.>>We help them
customize the platform to their needs as you were saying.>>We absolutely do.>>Awesome. Before we gave some
call to action to our viewers, are there any cars today
that actually are powered or equipped today, or
is it coming soon?>>Vehicles are rolling off
the assembly line right now. We’re maintaining active counts
of how many vehicles are out there alive today
connected via MCVP. It’s in the low hundreds
of thousands today.>>So it’s internationally
sweating or excited.>>Very excited,
definitely very excited.>>I’m sure you guys
are. Awesome Sammy, thanks a lot for that
introduction of MCVP.>>Thanks very much for having me.>>So people if you want to
directly land into their web page to learn more about what Microsoft
is doing for Connected Vehicle, go to aka.ms/IoTShow/mcvp like Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform. Sammy, you will be back for actual demos of how all of
that looks like, right?>>Yes I’ll.>>Awesome. Thanks Sammy,
thanks everyone for watching. [MUSIC].

One comment

  1. I really like the current innovation in your products, but I've been burned more than once with infected Windows products so I would never use an MS product in my car of all places

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