Renault and Nissan want to run connected functions on a single platform  (Photo: Renault)

The Renault-Nissan alliance (RNA) and Microsoft will jointly develop next-generation connected services that will run on the software group's Azure platform.

The cooperation is part of Renault and Nissan's plan to rapidly move beyond building and selling cars and market a broad range of new-mobility products.

"We aim to become the provider of connected mobility for everyone with one single global platform," Ogi Redzic, who heads connected vehicles and mobility services at the alliance, said in a press release.

Renault-Nissan said it had selected Microsoft Azure in part because of the security provided by the platform and because of "Microsoft's rigorous commitment to compliance."

The two brands, which have cross-shareholdings in each other, operate independently in many areas. But they have adopted a joint approach in R&D, IT and the introduction of new technologies. Redzic, who was appointed in January, works for both companies.

Last week Renault-Nissan acquired Sylpheo, a French software development company, in another move to speed up connected-car initiatives.

Under the umbrellla of the Renault-Nissan alliance, the two brands are hiring 300 technology experts to help realize their new-mobility plans.