Volkswagen partners with Microsoft in cloud push

Volkswagen partners with Microsoft in cloud push”

A Microsoft store is pictured in New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2018.

In its bid to become a mobility provider with fully connected vehicle fleet, German automobile group Volkswagen has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to leverage the USA software giant's Cloud expertise. VW will build its cloud service on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform as well as Azure IoT Edge.

The partnership between Microsoft and Volkswagen highlights a growing interest among automakers to invest in connected vehicles in collaboration with consumer technology companies. "Together, we will play a key role in shaping the future of auto-mobility".

Microsoft is trying to catch up to market leader Amazon in selling services that run cloud applications and store data for customers. "By building its own dedicated automotive cloud, Volkswagen will be able to leverage consistent mobility services across its entire portfolio of brands".

There's no word on when Volkswagen will begin integrating its Automotive Cloud platform in its vehicles, but it's a big win for Microsoft and its cloud efforts that could lead to an increased presence in the automotive industry. "Together we will reimagine the driving experience for people everywhere". VW hopes to add more than five million new Volkswagen-brand vehicles per year to the Internet of Things (IoT) in the cloud starting from 2020.

"Volkswagen, as one of the world's largest automakers, and Microsoft, with its unique technological expertise, are outstandingly well-matched", said Volkswagen Chief Executive Officer Dr. Herbert Diess in a statement. The workforce is expected to grow to about 300 engineers in the near future.

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