Joint platform for vehicle computers from Bosch and Microsoft

Bosch and Microsoft sign a new partnership for a platform for connected vehicles. The cooperation is planned for two years, they say. The first vehicles should use the new platform by the end of this year.

The world’s largest automotive supplier Bosch and the IT group Microsoft will work together in the field of computer technology for cars. A joint software platform is being planned for better networking of vehicles with cloud applications, both companies announced on Thursday. The first vehicle prototypes should be able to use the common platform by the end of the year. The two groups did not provide any information on the level of investment in the two-year development cooperation. The sum will be raised in equal parts, it said from Bosch.

Software is playing an increasingly important role in cars – especially with a view to future topics such as electric mobility and automated driving. The use of internet-based cloud applications requires large capacities in terms of storage space and computing power.

The aim of the cooperation is, for example, that software updates in the vehicles equipped by Bosch can be uploaded quickly and continuously to control units and vehicle computers throughout the life of the car, it said.

Bosch sees the development of software-intensive electronic systems for vehicles as a market of the future and recently brought together around 17,000 employees in 20 countries in a new business segment. According to company information, this market currently has an annual volume of around 20 billion euros, and annual growth of up to 15 percent is expected by 2030.

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