Volkswagen, Microsoft partner to develop connected cars

German automobile group Volkswagen has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft in its effort to become a mobility provider with fully connected vehicle line.

The two companies will collaborate to develop the “Volkswagen Automotive Cloud”, a dedicated platform for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings.

In the future, Volkswagen’s cars will become the mobile Internet of Things (IoT) hubs linked by Microsoft Azure.

The Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said, “The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation.”

From 2020 onwards, more than five million new Volkswagen-brand vehicles per year will be fully connected and will be part of the IoT in the Cloud, Volkswagen said.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said: “Volkswagen is providing technology to digitally transform and deliver innovative new connected car services to its customers.”

In the future, all in-car services for vehicles of the core Volkswagen brand as well as the Group-wide Cloud-based platform will be built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and services as well as Azure IoT Edge.

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