Thursday, 11 February 2021 16:29

Volkswagen Group, Microsoft Team Up to Accelerate Development of Automated Driving


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Volkswagen Group's software company, Car.Software Organisation, will collaborate with Microsoft to build a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP) on Microsoft Azure, and leverage its compute and data capabilities to deliver automated driving experiences even faster at global scale.

With ADP running on Azure, Car.Software Organisation will increase the efficiency of the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and AD functions for passenger cars across Volkswagen Group brands.


Volkswagen and Microsoft have been strategic partners on the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud since 2018, which will span all of Volkswagen's future digital services and mobility offerings.


"As we transform Volkswagen Group into a digital mobility provider, we are looking to continuously increase the efficiency of our software development," said said Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of the Car.Software Organisation. "We are building the Automated Driving Platform with Microsoft to simplify our developers' work through one scalable and data-based engineering environment.


"By combining our comprehensive expertise in the development of connected driving solutions with Microsoft's cloud and software engineering know-how, we will accelerate the delivery of safe and comfortable mobility services."


"This is the next evolution of our foundational work with the Volkswagen Group to enhance their transformation as a software-driven mobility provider," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI at Microsoft. "The power of Microsoft Azure and its compute, data and AI capabilities will enable Volkswagen to deliver secure and reliable automated driving solutions to their customers faster."


ADAS and automated driving vehicles can help improve passenger safety while reducing congestion and making mobility even more comfortable. Building these solutions requires large-scale computational capabilities.


Petabytes of data, from road and weather conditions to obstacle detection and driver behavior, need to be managed every day for the training, simulation and validation of AD functions. Machine learning algorithms that learn from billions of real and simulated miles driven are key to connected driving experiences.


Car.Software Organisation will address these challenges together with Microsoft by...

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