Volkswagen and Microsoft have extended their automotive cloud agreement to China and the USA, in addition to Europe. The original deal was announced past year, with Volkswagen saying it would connect over 5 million new brand vehicles to the cloud from 2020.
The ID. will be the first vehicle to use the Automotive Cloud and is to be launched in Europe in 2020.
Back in September a year ago, Volkswagen and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership to develop the “Volkswagen Automotive Cloud”, one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds for all future Volkswagen digital services and mobility offerings.
The German carmaker did not say when work on this the system is scheduled to conclude, but when fully operational, it will become the largest digital ecosystem in the automotive industry. The services would be built on Microsoft’s cloud platform and services, as well as the Azure IoT Edge.
Volkswagen wants future auto generations, especially the fully electric model of the family – “ID.” – full network and its customers, the digital value-added services have to offer.
For auto owners, that translates into the ability to access services like media streaming, connected smart home, in-car office, personal assistant and, of course, parking and charging. “Our goal is the customer experience for customers in their own vehicles and beyond”.