The Volkswagen Group will use Microsoft Azure to give wings to the autonomous (and connected) car

The Volkswagen Group has been working with Microsoft in developing your cloud, within the impulse to the connected car.

Now, the German consortium has announced that it will build an autonomous driving platform together with Microsoft from Microsoft Azure.

The challenge of managing a world of data

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The objective is not so much to achieve a level 5 of autonomy as to improve the safety of users and mobility services (less traffic jams, the consortium promises).

The group’s software company, Car.Software Organization, will thus work together with cloud computing service of the technology giant simplifying the developer experience, explains the firm, and taking advantage of the “lessons learned from the kilometers traveled” through a database that includes real traffic data of the group’s vehicles, as well as simulation data.

In short, it requires large-scale computational capabilities since they must be managed on a daily basis petabytes of data including weather conditions and from the road to obstacle detection and driver behavior.

To get an idea, 6.7 million MP3 music discs or around 65,536 4K movies can be stored in a single petabyte.

In this scenario, the computing, data, and machine learning services of Microsoft Azure, as well as Microsoft’s knowledge in agile software development will be the legs of this complex table.

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Since 2018, Volkswagen and Microsoft have been collaborating on Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, which focuses on integrating all digital services and mobility offers into the Group’s brands and models. The launch of the production of this cloud is scheduled for 2022.

The truth is that more and more manufacturers in the automotive sector are joining technology companies in order not to be left behind not only in terms of the connected car, but to advance in the idyllic autonomous car, such as Ford y Google, Amazon and Blackberry, Microsoft and General Motors, Kia and NVIDIA (which already has ties to Tesla, Daimler, Toyota, BMW) …

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