Making driving more personalised: Tata Motors, Microsoft ink tech deal




(From left to right) Guenter Butschek, CEO & MD, Tata Motors and Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, announcing the collaboration, to redefine the connected experience for automobile users



  Tata Motors and Microsoft India on Thursday announced a strategic collaboration on the technology front to make driving a more personalized experiences for the customers, the companies said in a joint statement.


The first vehicle showcasing the vision of the enhanced driving experiences will be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor show on March 7, they said.

"Using IoT (internet of things), AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning technologies, we will provide vehicle owners in India and across the world a safe, productive and fun driving experience," Anant Maheshwari, President at Microsoft India, said.

Tata Motors CEO Guenter Butschek said at a press conference that he saw the tie-up creating new revenue opportunities for the company as car buyers increasingly look for value-added services.

The largest automobile maker in the country has reported a 96 per cent drop in its consolidated profit for the October to December quarter for financial year 2016-17, mainly because of a steep decline in gains from overseas unit Jaguar Land Rover.

Tata has been, for long, looking for a technology partner. Microsoft would help it build this technology in-house in India.