Volkswagen Group strengthens its competencies in the development of automated driving solutions.
The group’s software company Car.
Software Organization is partnering with Microsoft to develop a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP) on Microsoft Azure and elevate IT and data competencies to deliver automated driving experiences worldwide even faster. ADP will run on Azure, enabling the Car.Software Organization to increase the efficiency of the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving functions for passenger cars from all Volkswagen Group brands. Volkswagen and Microsoft have been strategic partners around the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud since 2018, which will include all of Volkswagen’s future digital services and mobility solutions.
“As we are in the process of transforming the Volkswagen Group into a digital mobility provider, we are constantly trying to increase the efficiency of our software development. We develop the Automated Driving Platform in collaboration with Microsoft to simplify the work of our developers by having one scalable and database-based development environment. By combining our extensive expertise in the development of connected driving solutions with Microsoft’s know-how in cloud and software development, we can accelerate the implementation of secure and comfortable mobility solutions, ”said Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of Car.Software Organization.
“This is the next step in developing the foundation of our partnership with the Volkswagen Group to strengthen their transformation into a software-driven mobility provider,” said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud + AI at Microsoft. “The strength of Microsoft Azure and its expertise in IT, data and AI will enable Volkswagen to deliver faster, more secure, automated driving solutions to their customers.”
Development of solutions with automated driving and advanced driver assistance systems is faster with a single development platform
Advanced driver assistance systems and cars with automated driving can help improve the safety of the people in the car while reducing queuing and making mobility even more comfortable. The construction of these solutions requires large-scale IT capacity. Petabytes of data from road and weather conditions for the detection of obstacles and drivers’ behavior must be processed every day for training, simulation and validation of the automated driving functions. Machine learning algorithms, which learn from billions of real and simulated mileage, are the most important element of connected driving experiences.
The Car.Software Organization will address these challenges in collaboration with Microsoft by simplifying the developer experience and leveraging “mileage learning” via a single database that contains real-world traffic data from the group’s cars as well as simulated data. Microsoft Azure’s IT, data, and machine learning services, as well as Microsoft’s rapid software development know-how, enable a single development environment for Car.Software Organization developers worldwide. ADP will help reduce the development cycles from months to weeks and handle the huge amounts of data efficiently. The companies are starting work on ADP already now and aim to constantly expand the scope of functions on the development platform.
Both companies intend to enable technology partners to develop tools and services that can be integrated with the platform to enhance the development of automated driving solutions and advanced driver assistance systems.
The Volkswagen Group is expanding in-house software development in the car
The Volkswagen Group is promoting the digitalisation of cars at a high pace. Until 2025, the group will invest approx. 27 billion euros in digitization and increase the share of in-house software development in the car from 10% today to 60%. Car.Software Organization was founded last year and plays an important role in the transformation of the Volkswagen Group towards being a software-driven mobility provider. It constantly gathers and expands the Group’s software competencies, including the development of high-performance driving functions for passenger cars, which will be integrated into future models from the Volkswagen Group’s brands.
Implementation and operation of solutions for advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving with Volkswagen Automotive Cloud
Since 2018 has Volkswagen and Microsoft’s collaboration around Volkswagen Automotive Cloud (VW.AC), which focuses on integrating all the various digital services and mobility solutions across the Group’s brands and models in the future. VW.AC’s Seattle-based engineering team has made it possible to exchange data between the cars and the cloud via the Azure edge services. The connection with the cloud also enables Volkswagen to deliver updates to the cars and new features independent of the car’s hardware to constantly improve the customer experience.
The first VW.AC-connected test fleets are expected to roll out on the roads in 2021. The rollout of production is scheduled to take place in 2022. ADP and VW.AC will be integrated into the Car.Software Organization, now that the company is working on further integration of their software solutions, tools and methods to strengthen engineering teams, customers and partners worldwide. VW.AC allows the functions for automated driving and advanced driver assistance systems that are developed as a superstructure on ADP to be tested, implemented and put into operation across the Group’s car fleet.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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