Volkswagen and Microsoft continue on strategic partnership
Strategic partnership with Microsoft is a key element in efforts to develop Volkswagen into a software-driven mobility provider.
With the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, the company is working on a unique solution for its customers. The carmaker intends to expand the global footprint of its Automotive Cloud, which has previously been developed mainly for the European market, to China and the United States.
Microsoft Azure with its comprehensive cloud, edge, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things capabilities will continue to form the basis of the growing digital ecosystem. Volkswagen will use its Automotive Cloud as the core of its vehicle and service data operations.
«The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will be the global technological backbone of our digital ecosystem. At the same time, we will be launching a new, high-performance software architecture in our vehicles. This will lay all the foundations required for the full networking of our vehicle fleet and for the development of digital added-value services for our customers. Our goal is the customer experience for customers in their own vehicles and beyond» said Christian Senger, who will be responsible for the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud as Member of the Board of Management of the Group for Digital Car and Services.
The ID. will be the first vehicle to use the Automotive Cloud and is to be launched in Europe in 2020.
Volkswagen and Microsoft are also working on first lighthouse projects for connected vehicles. They are concentrating on communication and navigation solutions as well as personalized services: These will leverage self-learning algorithms facilitating the use of services in the vehicle and offering occupants extended functions.