The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance has announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a connectivity platform which will offer seamless internet access providing remote diagnostics, continuous software deployment, firmware updates and access to infotainment services, with cloud computing, artificial intelligence and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies by Microsoft Azure.

The first models to be equipped with the tech are the forthcoming Renault Clio and selected versions of the Nissan Leaf sold in Japan and Europe. The Alliance Intelligent Cloud is a highly scalable platform, the group says, which will also consolidate multiple legacy connected vehicle solutions with current and future connected car services that will support mobility services.

Features of the Intelligent Cloud service include remote services, proactive monitoring, connected navigation, connected assistance, over-the-air software updates as well as other customer-tailored services, the group said.

The Alliance Intelligent Cloud has scope to connect cars of brands within the alliance with the future infrastructure of smart cities as the group develops both on its own and with potential future partners, the group of companies said. Any third-party seeking to connect with all legacy and future alliance models will have a single point of contact with this initiative, it said.