The Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella visited Volkswagen’s Digital Lab in Berlin. He and the Volkswagen CEO, Dr. Herbert Diess jointly discussed about the future of their partnership. They also announced that the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will now come to core markets of Europe, USA and China. These three markets are being seen as the future of full-electric and fully connected automotive.
Volkswagen said the collaboration is helping the German automaker develop into a software-driven mobility provider. “Our partnership will enable Volkswagen to deliver new Azure-based connected vehicle services that accelerate the company’s transformation into a software-driven mobility provider and define the future of mobility for people everywhere,” said Satya Nadella.
The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will undoubtedly be the backbone of the company as it looks to extend its global presence, especially in the U.S and China. The company is currently developing the future ID. model family. This will be the first vehicle that will be launched in the European market to use the Automotive Cloud in 2020. The company is to start the production of the ID. in China the very same year and then start its production line in the U.S from 2022 onwards.
Both companies also announced that they are working on their first lighthouse projects together for connected vehicle services.