Microsoft is expanding its reach in automotive through a new collaboration with Volkswagen Group. Microsoft and the German car-making giant will work together to create automated driving (AD) solutions. This is an extension of the companies’ existing cloud partnership stemming from 2018.
Specifically, Volkswagen Software Organisation will work with Microsoft Azure to create an Automated Driving Platform (ADP). This solution will function in the cloud based on Microsoft’s data capabilities. VW hopes Microsoft can help to deliver global scale to its AD aspirations.
“As we transform Volkswagen Group into a digital mobility provider, we are looking to continuously increase the efficiency of our software development. We are building the Automated Driving Platform with Microsoft to simplify our developers’ work through one scalable and data-based engineering environment. By combining our comprehensive expertise in the development of connected driving solutions with Microsoft’s cloud and software engineering know-how, we will accelerate the delivery of safe and comfortable mobility services,” said Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of the Car.Software Organisation.
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ADP running on Microsoft Azure will improve the efficiency of the company’s existing advanced driver assistance systems (ADADS). By working with VW, Microsoft is expanding its reach in automotive. The company already has partnerships with BMW with the Open Manufacturing Platform and its own Connected Vehicle Platform.
“This is the next evolution of our foundational work with the Volkswagen Group to enhance their transformation as a software-driven mobility provider,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI at Microsoft. “The power of Microsoft Azure and its compute, data and AI capabilities will enable Volkswagen to deliver secure and reliable automated driving solutions to their customers faster.”
VW wants to leverage Microsoft’s cloud to streamline the developer experience when creating automated driving solutions. Machine learning, data, and compute services from Microsoft will help drive the company’s development of technologies to create a single development environment.
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