Volks­wa­gen and Mi­cro­soft a mar­ria­ge in the cloud

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

Volks­wa­gen and Mi­cro­soft are part­ne­ring to cre­a­te cloud ser­vi­ces for VW’s en­ti­re fleet, in­clu­ding its ot­her brands Au­di, Porsche, Lam­bor­g­hi­ni, S­kol­da and Bent­ley.

VW an­ti­ci­pa­tes that star­ting in 2020, mo­re than 5 mil­li­on new Volks­wa­gen­brand vehi­cles per y­e­ar will be ful­ly con­nected and part of the In­ter­net of T­hings (IoT).

VW’s bo­ard of di­rec­tors ap­pro­ved the agreement be­t­ween the two com­pa­nies to cre­a­te the Volks­wa­gen Au­to­mo­ti­ve Cloud, which will be ba­sed on Mi­cro­soft’s A­zu­re en­ter­pri­se-gra­de cloud plat­form and A­zu­re IoT Ed­ge.

The Volks­wa­gen Au­to­mo­ti­ve Cloud will fa­ci­li­ta­te the de­ve­lop­ment of new in-car con­su­mer ser­vi­ces, te­le­ma­ti­cs, as well as se­cu­re da­ta con­necti­ons be­t­ween cars and the cloud.

The cre­a­ti­on of w­hat VW des­cri­bes as “one of the lar­ge­st de­di­ca­ted au­to­mo­ti­ve in­du­stry clouds” will ta­ke pla­ce at a new of­fi­ce VW plans to es­ta­blish ne­ar Mi­cro­soft’s he­ad quar­ters in Red­mond, Washing­ton. Prox­i­mi­ty to Red­mond o­pe­ra­ti­ons will al­low for Mi­cro­soft’s as­sis­tan­ce in hi­ring, hu­man re­sour­ces and con­sulting, as well as access to its ex­per­ti­se.

VW be­co­mes the la­test ma­jor au­to ma­nu­fac­tu­rer to an­noun­ce con­nected car plans ba­sed on Mi­cro­soft’s A­zu­re techno­lo­gy.

Ford has part­ne­red with Mi­cro­soft for se­ver­al y­e­ars on techno­lo­gy that de­li­vers o­ver-the-air up­da­tes to its Sync in-car en­ter­tai­n­ment / in­for­ma­ti­on sy­s­tems.

Two y­e­ars ago, BMW an­noun­ced its BMW Con­nected app, which runs on the A­zu­re-ba­sed BMW O­pen Mo­bi­li­ty Cloud. It de­li­vers dri­ving con­di­ti­ons (we­at­her and traf­fic) and ot­her in­for­ma­ti­on to cars in 29 coun­tries.

The Re­nault-Nis­san al­li­an­ce al­so an­noun­ced a part­ners­hip with Mi­cro­soft to cre­a­te A­zu­re-ba­sed con­nected and selfdri­ving car ser­vi­ces.

The VW part­ners­hip is des­cri­bed as mo­re am­bi­ti­ous than the­se ot­her de­als. It’s the first that in­vol­ves wor­ld­wi­de sup­port: ot­hers do not in­vol­ve vehi­cles in e­very single mar­ket.

Al­so, VW’s pre­sen­ce in Red­mond me­ans it will work mo­re clo­se­ly with Mi­cro­soft on soft­wa­re de­ve­lop­ment, le­ar­ning how to do con­ti­nu­ous up­da­tes.

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