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Back in September last year, Volkswagen and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to develop the ‘Volkswagen Automotive Cloud’, one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings. Volkswagen and Microsoft today provided an update on this partnership, read the summary of it below.
- Volkswagen intends to expand the global footprint of its Automotive Cloud, which has previously been developed mainly for the European market, to China and the United States.
- The ID. will be the first vehicle to use the Automotive Cloud and is to be launched in Europe in 2020. Production is to start in China the same year and a member of the ID. family will roll off the production line in the USA from 2022 onwards.
- Volkswagen and Microsoft are also working on first lighthouse projects for connected vehicles. They are concentrating on communication and navigation solutions as well as personalized services: These will leverage self-learning algorithms facilitating the use of services in the vehicle and offering occupants extended functions. Automated linking into telephone conferences and the transfer of prepared navigation destinations will only be the first steps, which will also include the integration of Microsoft Skype and Microsoft Office.
To work closely with Microsoft, Volkswagen has also established a new Development Center in Seattle. Microsoft is offering support for the development of this new center by helping Volkswagen in recruitment, project management, etc. Learn more about this project from the source link below.