Volkswagen Group Seeks Microsoft’s Help To Accelerate Development Of Autonomous Driving Systems, The Company ad. He has already been working for several years with Microsoft on cloud computing for connected cars, but will now extend it to autonomous driving. The idea is that Volkswagen will combine its expertise in autonomous driving systems with Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing to create what it calls the Automated Driving Platform (ADP).
Like other automakers, VW has big branch plans digital mobility for carpooling, micro-mobility, short-term rental and more. To achieve this, it must develop both a connected car and autonomous driving technology. Since last year, VW has been developing its own VW.OS operating system to connect cars through its Car.Software unit. As with other automakers, however, its autonomous driving systems still seem a long way off.
Developing autonomous driving technology requires handling huge amounts of data, which is why Volkswagen has said it will rely on Microsoft for computational, artificial intelligence and data capabilities. “[The ADP partnership] will help reduce development cycles from months to weeks, ”he writes.
Volkswagen is joining a list of other automakers who recently realized they needed help from a tech company to develop autonomous, connected and even infotainment systems. GM and Cruise too associates with Microsoft recently, again for the help of the cloud on the development of large-scale autonomous driving technology. Meanwhile, Ford recently made the decision to run its in-dash systems on Android Auto by 2023.