Ford partners with Microsoft on cloud-based service delivery network for its vehicles

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways March 19, 2015 09:40

Ford partners with Microsoft on cloud-based service delivery network for its vehicles


Ford Motor Company and Microsoft have announced that Ford will expand connected services for customers around the world with the creation of the cloud-based Ford Service Delivery Network, powered by Microsoft Azure. Preparing for the ownership experience of the future, Ford will enable new ways for its customers to interact with their vehicles and stay connected at all times.

As consumers shift toward more cloud-based services, the Ford Service Delivery Network architecture is a strategic approach to keep vehicles up-to-date and relevant throughout the vehicle ownership period by making it easy to add or evolve services. Microsoft Azure provides a global common cloud platform that allows Ford to deliver services worldwide and scale quickly to reach its broad customer base.

This means that Ford can send updates as they become available, ensuring customers will have the latest technology as it becomes available.

Powered by Microsoft Azure, the Service Delivery Network will provide Ford a global platform to enable over-the-air software updates as well as expanded availability of MyFord and MyLincoln Mobile connected services with features like scheduled remote start, vehicle finder, and vehicle status (fuel or charge level, tire pressure). With customer deployment starting later this year, the service will enable Ford to bring new connected features to market faster and offer flexibility for the future.

Microsoft’s cloud platform offers Ford the scale and commitment to security they need to support their global operations.  And the expansive global footprint of Azure data centres provides the backbone to support Ford’s vehicles anywhere they are in the world. The partnership helps Ford unify a multitude of back end platforms, and allows Ford to utilize Microsoft’s expertise across critical areas such as application development and data management and analysis.

Story: Microsoft Blogs.com

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways March 19, 2015 09:40