Volkswagen recently announced a new partnership with Microsoft to develop and launch a new automotive cloud system in various locations all over the world including the U.S., Europe, and China. Called Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, the partnership and the cloud's development is part of the German automaker's effort in order to offer connected vehicle services all over the globe.
“Our strategic partnership with Microsoft is a key element in our efforts to develop Volkswagen into a software-driven mobility provider. With the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, we are working on a unique solution for our customers. Our upscaling capabilities give us a huge competitive advantage in this area,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG.
The cloud will allow Volkswagen to offer its customers a highly personalized onboard media streaming. Aside from that, the onboard systems will also be able to make suggestions such as charging and parking by data gathered and stored in the cloud. Both of these are done so by having the vehicle's pre-installed system tap into Microsoft's remote computer processor via the clouds.
Volkswagen I.D. EV family models will be the first to use and access Automotive Cloud. Specifically, the I.D. will be the first vehicle to use Automotive Cloud once it debuts and launches in Europe and China in 2020.
“Digital technology is rapidly changing every aspect of the auto industry – from the manufacturing process to the car itself. Our partnership will enable Volkswagen to deliver new Azure-based connected vehicle services that accelerate the company’s transformation into a software-driven mobility provider and define the future of mobility for people everywhere,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.