Bosch, Microsoft partner to develop vehicle software platform

Bosch and Microsoft have joined forces to develop a software platform with seamless connectivity between cars and cloud.

The collaboration combines the wealth of software, electronics, and systems expertise of the world’s leading automotive supplier, with Microsoft’s knowledge in software engineering and cloud computing.

The new platform will be based on Microsoft Azure, and will incorporate software modules from Bosch.

By using cloud technology, the software platform will ensure connectivity downloadability to the control units and vehicle computers.

“Bosch already securely updates car software over the air today. With the comprehensive platform for software-defined cars, we want to further empower automakers to develop new functions and get them on the road faster,” says Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

“Having a comprehensive software platform from the vehicle to the cloud will reduce the complexity of the software development and the vehicle system integration. In this way we will create the conditions for wireless updates to work just as smoothly and conveniently in vehicles as they do in smartphones,” Heyn says.

The pre-integrated platform will greatly reduce the complexity of over-the-air updates and ensure the vehicle’s software remains up to date. For vehicle owners, the new platform will mean faster access to new functions and digital services.

“Our collaboration with Bosch brings together the expertise of one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers with the power of the Microsoft cloud, AI and GitHub,” says Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI, Microsoft.

“With software quickly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry, our ambition is to help businesses accelerate the delivery of unique mobility services across passenger cars and commercial fleets at scale.”

Both companies intend to make the new software platform available for the first vehicle prototype by the end of 2021.

Source: Bosch | Bosch teams up with Microsoft to develop software-defined vehicle platform for seamless integration between cars and cloud

19 February 2021

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