VW AND MICROSOFT PARTNER ON DIGITAL TECH

Volkswagen and Microsoft will collaborate to develop the ‘Volkswagen Automotive Cloud’, one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds, for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings.

With Microsoft as its strategic partner, VW says it is taking a decisive step in its digital transformation into a mobility provider with a fully connected vehicle fleet and the digital ecosystem “Volkswagen We”.

From 2020 onwards, more than 5 million new Volkswagen-brand vehicles per year will be fully connected and will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the cloud. The partnership between the two companies will, says Volkswagen, lay the foundation for combining the global cloud expertise of Microsoft with the experience of Volkswagen as an automaker with a global market presence.

In the future, all in-car services for vehicles of the core VW brand, as well as the Group-wide cloud-based platform (also known as One Digital Platform, ODP), will be built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and services as well as Azure IoT Edge.

By building the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, Volkswagen says it will be able to leverage consistent mobility services across its entire portfolio and to provide new services and solutions such as in-car consumer experiences, telematics, and securely connect data between the car and the cloud.

In the long term, VW says the solutions developed through the strategic partnership will be rolled out to other Volkswagen Group brands in all regions of the world, building the foundation for all customer-centric services of the brands. This includes the Volkswagen ID electric family as well as conventionally-powered models. In the future, Volkswagen’s fleet of cars will become mobile ‘internet of things’ hubs linked by Microsoft Azure.

“The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG.

“Volkswagen, as one of the world’s largest automakers, and Microsoft, with its unique technological expertise, are outstandingly well-matched. Together, we will play a key role in shaping the future of auto-mobility.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine October 2018
15 Oct 2018