Volkswagen Group is enlisting Microsoft’s assist to hurry up the event of autonomous driving programs, the company announced. It has already labored for a number of years with Microsoft on cloud computing for linked cars, however now it’s going to broaden that to autonomous driving. The concept is that Volkswagen will mix its experience in self-driving programs with Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing to create what it calls the Automated Driving Platform (ADP).
Like different automakers, VW has large plans to department into digital mobility for ride-sharing, micro-mobility, short-term leases and extra. To make that occur, it must develop each linked automobile and autonomous driving tech. Since final year, VW has been growing its personal VW.OS working system to attach cars by way of its Car.Software unit. As with different automakers, nonetheless, its full self-driving programs nonetheless appear far-off.
Developing self-driving tech requires managing enormous quantities of knowledge, so Volkswagen mentioned it’s going to lean on Microsoft for computation, AI and information capabilities. “[The ADP partnership] will help reduce the development cycles from months to weeks,” it wrote.
Volkswagen joins an inventory of different automakers who not too long ago realized they want tech company assist growing autonomous, linked and even infotainment programs. GM and Cruise additionally teamed up with Microsoft not too long ago, once more for cloud assist on growing self-driving tech at scale. Meanwhile, Ford not too long ago made the choice to run its in-dash programs on Android Auto by 2023.