Friday, 19 October, 2018


VW Teams Up With Microsoft To Develop Digital Services

Enlarge Image Good luck trying to fit all that- and more- on your current mobile data plan.                  Volkswagen Enlarge Image Good luck trying to fit all that- and more- on your current mobile data plan. Volkswagen
Conrad Doyle | 30 September, 2018, 21:31

To oversee the project, Volkswagen is opening a new "automotive cloud development office" near Microsoft's headquarters in Seattle.

Volkswagen's supervisory board on Friday gave the green light for a strategic partnership between the Wolfsburg-based carmaker and Microsoft that will see the two companies develop connected cars together using cloud technology.

"In the future, Volkswagen's fleet of cars will become mobile "internet of things" hubs linked by Microsoft Azure", the auto maker said in a press release. The move forms part of a wider $4bn push from the German company to boost its digital transformation by 2025.

Via the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, the automobile group plans to optimise the interconnection of vehicle, Cloud-based platform and customer-centric services for all brands. "Together we will reimagine the driving experience for people everywhere".

The automotive cloud-based system will also provide a secure connection between the vehicle and data for the automaker.

"The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation", said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG. And the digital services under We will only grow with a dedicated VW.os operating system connecting drivers and customers to a variety of future applications and services.

Eventually, the jointly developed cloud solutions are to be used for many Volkswagen brands such as Audi, Seat and Skoda. This includes the Volkswagen ID. electric family as well as conventionally-powered models. The long-term goal is to implement We as the car's platform to become a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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