VW, Microsoft Expand Cloud Partnership Beyond Europe
Volkswagen AG and Microsoft Corp. are expanding the cloud-computing partnership they announced last September to China and North America.
The new plan was outlined by VW CEO Herbert Diess and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a joint event in Berlin. The executives say Microsoft’s Azure-based connected vehicle services will help transform VW into a “software-driven mobility provider” whose services include car-sharing, the internet-of-things and various third-party telematics services and apps.
VW expects more than 5 million new Volkswagen-badged vehicles per year will be fully connected with IoT cloud capability by 2020. The brand previously said it intends to generate €1 billion ($1.1 billion) in annual revenue by 2025 from the global wireless services network it is building.
While at the Tokyo Motor Show this week various vehicle manufacturers were showing off all manner of cars and crossovers and transportation devices that typically had to do with something autonomous, connected and/or electrified (ACE, as CAR’s Brett Smith categorizes this burgeoning field), the guys from Chevy were in El Segundo, California, showing off a different take on what can best be described as “toys for boys”—boys who do or don’t have driver’s licenses.
The way people are going to get transportation is changing the world over. Get ready for it.
In-car video shows that the backup pilot of an Uber Technologies self-driving car was not watching the road just before the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian last Sunday night.