Renesas ties up with Microsoft to accelerate development of connected vehicles

R-Car Starter Kit makes use of Microsoft connected vehicle platform and Azure IoT to enhance development efficiency for cloud-based mobility devices

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RenesasRenesas Electronics Corporation has announced its collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate the development of connected vehicles.

The premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions has unveiled Renesas’ R-Car Starter Kit, based on Renesas’ R-Car automotive system-on-chip (SoC).

It is now available as a development environment for the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP). MCVP combines a partner ecosystem with a horizontal platform of Azure cloud, AI and edge services on top of which mobility companies can build customer-facing solutions. Renesas has also been certified for Azure IoT Hub and Azure IoT Edge.

Naoki Yoshida, Vice President of Automotive Digital Products Marketing Division at Renesas, said, “The burden of software development has become a major issue for connected systems and services developers.”

He added: “Using our Azure IoT-certified R-Car Starter Kit as the development environment for MCVP will allow customers to focus resources on software development that will deliver their own value-add services. I am delighted that our joint collaboration will combine Renesas’ extensive track record in the automotive field with Microsoft’s expertise in connectivity, and help customers accelerate the system development process.”

According to Tara Prakriya, General Manager Azure Mobility at Microsoft, “Our collaboration with Renesas will help our mutual customers speed up their system development and enable them to deliver innovative mobility experiences more quickly.”

Delivery of digital services

MCVP helps mobility companies accelerate the delivery of digital services across vehicle provisioning, two-way network connectivity, and continuous over-the-air updates of containerized functionality. Within the Renesas development environment, customers can utilize MCVP components and Renesas Board Support Package (BSP) in addition to multimedia package for R-Car. In addition, the R-Car Starter Kit is certified as an Azure IoT Edge device.

Renesas development environment allows customers to develop software in the cloud or on a PC, and then install it on an R-Car SoC to perform verification before implementing it in applications for vehicles or embedded mobility devices.

The partnership with Microsoft will enable Renesas to advance the development of connected vehicles, stimulate the creation of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) businesses, and contribute to the establishment of on-demand businesses quickly.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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