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Two firms will build a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform on Microsoft Azure

Volkswagen and Microsoft have extended their cloud-based technology partnership to jointly develop autonomous driving systems. 

The German car maker's software division, Car.Software, will make use of the US giant's cloud-based platform, Microsoft Azure, with the aim of simplifying the development of self-driving tech and more quickly integrating it into its cars. 

"As we look to transform Volkswagen Group into a digital mobility provider, we are looking to continuously increase the efficiency of our software development," said Car.Software CEO Dirk Hilgenberg. 

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"We are building the Automated Driving Platform with Microsoft to simplify our developers' work through one scalable and data-based engineering environment," he said. "By combining our comprehensive expertise in the development of connected driving solutions with Microsoftft's cloud and software engineering know-how, we will accelerate the delivery of safe and comfortable mobility services."

In previous years, the VW Group's brands have worked separately on self-driving technology. Last year, the firm consolidated much of those operations into a subsidiary, but now all brands can work from one Microsoft system. 

The exercise will "simplify the developer experience" and use all the data gleaned from self-driving prototypes to form one database for all brands. 

Microsoft and VW have collaborated on digital services and mobility offerings since 2018. The group itself intends to invest €27 billion (£23.6bn) in 'digitalisation' and bring more software development in-house. 


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Cobnapint 11 February 2021
Don't waste your time and money. Nobody wants it.
It's a recipe for disaster. Humans will be humans, you're taking away the incentive for vigilance.
streaky 11 February 2021

Software in collaboration with Microsoft, after the experience of several naff versions of Windows...?  No thanks.

Peter Cavellini 11 February 2021

I could see the point of autonomous if it was just public transport like Buses,Taxis,underground trains etc, but, honestly, it's open to abuse, I read an article yesterday about a driver who was caught on the motorway on the phone,sorry, on the phones, that's right, a phone at each ear, no hands on the wheel, I assume they had the Lane keeper on, would autonomous make that an ok scenario?