Recently, Volkswagen announced a partnership with Microsoft to develop an automated driving platform. Volkswagen wants to take advantage of Microsoft Azure cloud services.
Volkswagen needs Microsoft Azure
Although Volkswagen has already started developing its own VW.OS operating system, fully autonomous driving seems to be beyond its reach. This is why the group has decided to partner with Microsoft in order to take advantage of its cloud services. With this partnership, Volkswagen hopes to accelerate the deployment of its driver assistance and autonomous driving systems.
By combining our broad expertise in the development of connected driving solutions and Microsoft’s know-how in cloud and software, we will be able to accelerate the deployment of safe and comfortable mobility services.
Dirk Hilgenberg, PDG de la division Car.Software
The Car.Software division will work with Microsoft to build a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP). This platform will use Microsoft’s computational and data management capabilities to deploy autonomous driving experiences even faster.
An autonomous car from Volkswagen?
Created last year, the Car.Software division plays a key role in the transformation of the Volkswagen Group. It brings together the group’s software skills, particularly in the development of intelligent driving functions that will equip future models of the various brands of the Volkswagen group. By 2025, the German group will invest 27 billion euros in digitization. This will effectively allow the company to increase the share of internal software development for vehicles, which will drop from 10% today to 60%.
The first test vehicles connected to the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud should hit the road in 2021. The launch of series production is scheduled for 2022. With Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, autonomous driving and driver assistance systems can be tested, deployed and operated on all of the group’s vehicles.
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