Ericsson has reached an agreement to integrate its Connected Vehicle Cloud with Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform for connected cars.

The integration of the platforms will help automakers safely and easily deploy and scale fleet management, over-the-air software updates and connected safety services.

Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud is used by around four million vehicles in 180 countries. It accounts for 10% of the entire connected vehicle market.

The platform can adapt to the increasing demand for scalability and flexibility and can support any connected vehicle service, the firm claims.

Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud platform comes with a guaranteed service-level agreement that enables vehicle manufacturers to offer round the clock operations and lifecycle management-related support to connected vehicles around the world.

Operated on the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform, Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) helps in the faster delivery of safely connected driving experiences. The platform uses Cloud infrastructure, edge technology with AI and IoT services.

MCVP provides a Cloud-connected platform that can be used in a range of digital scenarios. It also supports other customer-centric solutions such as in-vehicle infotainment, advanced navigation and autonomous driving.

Ericsson SVP and technologies and new businesses head Åsa Tamsons said: “The Ericsson and Microsoft partnership will deliver a comprehensive connected vehicle platform at scale to the market. Our integrated solutions will help automotive manufacturers accelerate their global connected vehicle solutions and offer a better experience for drivers and passengers.

“This is an exciting new offering with great benefits for the automotive industry, leveraging Ericsson and Microsoft’s technology leadership in connectivity and Cloud.”

Last year, Israel-based Argus Cyber Security collaborated with Ericsson to offer cybersecurity solutions to secure the entire connected vehicle ecosystem across vehicle Cloud services, fleets and vehicles.