Volkswagen expands its automotive cloud to China and the USA18. June 2019
At a conference at the VW Digital Labs in Berlin, the CEOs of Volkswagen and Microsoft, Herbert Diess and Satya Nadella, announced the expansion of their automotive cloud to China and the USA. Nadella has already announced a cooperation with Daimler at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Stuttgart-based company and Microsoft will use the “eXtollo” platform to manage the carmaker’s Big Data applications.
Volkswagen’s Automotive Cloud combines the areas of Cloud Storage and Computing, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. VW CEO Herbert Diess underlined Microsoft’s competence in the digitization of automobiles and the associated hardware. Without exception, all carmakers are on the lookout for innovations to offer new, digital services and to connect their vehicles or enable autonomous driving. It is precisely these services that VW intends to further develop on the basis of the Microsoft cloud computing platform and transform the Group from a pure car manufacturer into a mobility provider.
So far, the automotive cloud has mainly been developed for the European market and is now to be continuously extended to China and the USA. The system is based on Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service on which individual applications such as data storage, calculations, AI and IoT are operated. The Automotive Cloud is to be given its first practical application at the electric Volkswagen I.D., which is to be launched on the European market in 2020. At the same time, production will start in China and a vehicle of the new I.D. model family, presumably an SUV, will be produced in the USA from 2022. China is currently the fastest growing market for electric vehicles. Profit from this growth and export your components and electronic parts to China. Your products must first undergo China Compulsory Certification (CCC). We advise you for the application and during the approval process.
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