Add in car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication, and automakers need a way to manage the data, and one way to do that is through cloud connectivity and services.
"The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation", said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG.
The partnership between Microsoft and Volkswagen highlights a growing interest among automakers to invest in connected vehicles in collaboration with consumer technology companies. "We will play a key role in shaping the future of auto-mobility". Specific details on what the service will actually look like were not provided, but Volkswagen did say that Azure IoT Edge will be part of its cloud service. From 2020 onwards, more than 5 million Volkswagen-brand vehicles will be IoT connected, a company press release said.
One company jumping on the cloud bandwagon is Volkswagen, which is partnering with Microsoft to develop a "comprehensive industrial automotive cloud" called Volkswagen Automotive Cloud. "Together we will reimagine the driving experience for people everywhere". And the digital services under We will only grow with a dedicated VW.os operating system connecting drivers and customers to a variety of future applications and services.
In the long term, the solutions developed through the strategic partnership will be rolled out to other Volkswagen Group brands in all regions of the world, building the foundation for all customer-centric services of the brands. The long-term goal is to implement We as the car's platform to become a hub for the Internet of Things (IoT).