Volkswagen, an icon of the automotive world, and Microsoft, an icon of the tech world, recently formed a strategic partnership with the aim of accelerating Volkswagen’s digital transformation. For the strategic partnership, Volkswagen and Microsoft will develop the “Volkswagen Automotive Cloud,” one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings.
Volkswagen Automotive Cloud
The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will combine the global cloud expertise of Microsoft with the experience of Volkswagen as an automaker with a global market presence. Via the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, Volkswagen will optimize the interconnection of vehicles, cloud-based platform, and customer-centric services for all brands, such as the “Volkswagen We” ecosystem.
“The strategic partnership with Microsoft will turbocharge our digital transformation. Volkswagen, as one of the world’s largest automakers, and Microsoft, with its unique technological expertise, are outstandingly well-matched. Together, we will play a key role in shaping the future of auto-mobility.” – Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG
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One Digital Platform
In the future, all in-car services for vehicles of the core Volkswagen brand as well as the Group-wide cloud-based platform (also known as One Digital Platform, ODP) will be built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and services as well as Azure IoT Edge. By building the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, Volkswagen will be able to leverage consistent mobility services across its entire portfolio and to provide new services, such as in-car consumer experiences, telematics, and the ability to securely connect data between the cloud and the car.