As part of the new project, Microsoft is partnering with Cruise – a subsidiary of General Motors, which is in charge of self-driving car models. The goal is to accelerate the commercialization of autonomous vehicles, and Microsoft is bringing an investment of two billion dollars into the project.
U Cruise was previously invested by both Honda and General Motors, so the total value with Microsoft’s investment reaches $ 30 billion. Microsoft and Cruise are thus entering into a long-term strategic partnership, which is the first time that the software giant has taken a serious interest in self-driving vehicle technology. As part of the agreement, Cruise will also use Azure – Microsoft’s cloud computing system, in order to increase revenues from the sale of autonomous vehicles as soon as possible.
Microsoft points out that investing in new technologies is important for the progress of humanity, so it also applies to the modernization of passenger transport. The goal is for autonomous driving to become mainstream, and for self-driving vehicles to become dominant on roads around the world. Cruise, along with competing firms like Waymo, is already working on it, so it has already started testing its first fully autonomous model on the streets of San Francisco. It is the Cruise Origin, a car without a steering wheel, which the company introduced for the first time in 2020. The vehicle is designed so that it can connect more passengers.
Microsoft has so far been absent from the race to develop new self-driving models, but that is now changing, as big profits and access to information that will shape the new age are at stake.
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