Microsoft Azure will be in Nissan LEAFs in Europe. Photo courtesy Nissan via Facebook

Microsoft Azure will be in Nissan LEAFs in Europe. Photo courtesy Nissan via Facebook

Microsoft Azure will soon be riding in the passenger seats of Nissan LEAFs in Europe.

On Jan. 5, Microsoft announced a partnership that would place Connect Telematics Systems (CTS) powered by Microsoft Azure in all European Nissan LEAF and Infiniti models.

More than 200,000 Nissan LEAF models have been sold worldwide since the car’s debut in 2010. The Nissan LEAF is aimed at “digital native” consumers who are environmentally conscious.

Nissan vehicles come with standard Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, which allows drivers to manage incoming messages with voice control. The cars can also send “Point Of Interest,” or POI, updates that give customers the latest company news. The partnership with Azure will offer faster and more flexible features in the future.

“Our partnership with Nissan shows what automakers can accomplish by tapping into Microsoft’s intelligent cloud platform,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “Further, our collaboration reveals tremendous possibilities for how consumers can get more out of their connected driving experience.”

Azure was selected by Nissan because of its commitment to enterprise-grade security. Microsoft as the first to adopt the international cloud privacy standard. The global nature of Microsoft’s cloud will provide coverage to support Nissan vehicles worldwide.

“Microsoft Azure will help us deliver a more innovative and intelligent future for our connected technologies,” said Celso Guiotoko, chief information officer and corporate vice president of global corporate IS/IT, Nissan. “This is also a bold first step toward innovations that will realize future new mobility.”

The partnership between Microsoft and Nissan was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It was a busy CES for Microsoft this year, with multiple new devices announced for Windows 10 including notebooks, tables, gaming PCs, and more.