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Volkswagen in partnership with Microsoft in Electric Vehicles

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The Volkswagen Group is asking for Microsoft’s help to accelerate the development of autonomous driving systems, the company announced.

The Group has worked for several years with Microsoft on cloud computing for connected cars, but will now expand that to autonomous driving. The idea is for Volkswagen to combine its experience in autonomous driving systems with Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing to create what it calls the Automated Driving Platform (ADP).

Like other car manufacturers, VW has big plans to branch out into digital mobility for carpool, micro mobility, short-term rentals and more.

For that to happen, you need to develop both the connected car and autonomous driving technology. Since last year, VW has been developing its own operating system to connect cars through its ´Car Software´ unit. As with other car manufacturers, however, their complete autonomous driving systems still seem distant.

Volkswagen in partnership with Microsoft in Electric Vehicles

Microsoft will provide cloud technology to accelerate this Volkswagen automobile development that is prepared with Microsoft for the automotive cloud.

The development of autonomous driving technology requires the management of huge amounts of data, so Volkswagen said it will rely on Microsoft technology for computing, AI and data capabilities. “The partnership will help to reduce development cycles from months to weeks,” he wrote.

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Volkswagen joins a list of other car manufacturers that have recently realized that they need technological help to develop autonomous driving, connected and even infotainment systems.

GM and Cruise also recently joined Microsoft, again to assist the cloud in developing autonomous driving technology with scale. Meanwhile, Ford recently made the decision to run its in-dash systems on Android Auto by 2023.

Source: Engadget

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