Volkswagen Signs with Microsoft for Cloud-Based Autonomous Driving

In 2018, Volkswagen and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership on the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud (VW.AC), which focuses on integrating all digital services and mobility offerings across Volkswagen Group brands and models in the future.

Today, Volkswagen officially announced that they are working with Microsoft to create an Azure-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP). With ADP running on Azure, Volkswagen’s Car.Software organization will increase the efficiency of the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and AD functions for passenger cars across Volkswagen Group brands.


Details of the cooperation between Volkswagen and Microsoft:

  • Working with Microsoft, Car.Software Organization will simplify the developer experience and use “learning from miles traveled” through a single database containing real traffic data and simulation data from the Group’s vehicles.
  • Microsoft Azure computing, data and machine learning services, as well as Microsoft’s agile software development know-how will provide a single development environment for Car.Software Organization’s developers globally.
  • ADP will help reduce development cycles from months to weeks and efficiently manage large volumes of data. Companies will immediately start working on ADP, and they want to continuously expand the functional scope of the development platform.
  • Both companies aim to enable technology partners to build tools and services that integrate with the platform to enhance the creation of AD and ADAS solutions.
  • The first VW.AC connected test fleets are expected to hit the road in 2021. Production launch is scheduled for 2022. To empower engineering teams, customers and partners globally to integrate ADP and VW.AC as the company moves towards further integrating its software solutions, tools and methods.


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