VW relies on Microsoft cloud for automated driving

Wolfsburg-based car group VW relies on Microsoft cloud services for assistance systems and automated driving.

Volkswagen is cooperating with Microsoft in the development of software for networked assistance systems and automated driving. Microsoft’s cloud services are to be used when building a platform for developers, as the companies announced on Thursday.

Among other things, Volkswagen is hoping for faster development cycles, said the head of the Group’s new software company, Dirk Hilgenberg. “It’s a very deep partnership,” said Microsoft manager Scott Guthrie. VW, for example, should be able to build its own software tools based on Microsoft’s services. In addition to the secure transmission of data, the software company also has its artificial intelligence capabilities. Microsoft did not get access to the VW data, stressed Guthrie.

Volkswagen and Microsoft have been cooperating since 2018 in setting up a cloud platform for data exchange between networked vehicles. The new plans expand this partnership.

Microsoft is one of the few tech giants without its own auto project. The Google sister company Waymo and Apple are working on their own software for autonomous driving, while Amazon bought the robot car company Zoox. Microsoft does not want to compete with its customers, stressed Guthrie. In addition, the group recognized as early as the 1990s that companies that wanted to do everything are not successful.

Development of future software for all VW group brands

Volkswagen pooled the development of future software for all group brands in the Hilgenberg-led company Car.Software Organization. It’s about the whole range of vehicle functions, a platform for infotainment systems, chassis technology and new business models.

It is a crucial field: Industry has reached a turning point with advancing digitization. The industry is preparing for a future in which software plays the leading role and a car can be continuously improved with updates. The car companies are competing with Apple and Google as operators of the large smartphone platforms for access to customers and thus future service revenues.

“We need partners who can accelerate us,” said Hilgenberg. He also hopes to work with Microsoft to develop approaches that could be established as the industry standard and offered to other companies.

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