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Volkswagen and Microsoft have shared progress on the development of the VW Automotive Cloud.

The VW Automotive Cloud will be extended step-by-step to further regions of the world and to be available in Europe, China and the US – the core markets for the future full-electric, fully connected ID model family. VW and Microsoft are also working together on first lighthouse projects for connected vehicle services, and progress has been made in the set-up of Volkswagen’s new Development Center in North America.

“Our strategic partnership with Microsoft is a key element in our efforts to develop Volkswagen into a software-driven mobility provider. With the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, we are working on a unique solution for our customers. Our upscaling capabilities give us a huge competitive advantage in this area,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen.

“Digital technology is rapidly changing every aspect of the auto industry – from the manufacturing process to the car itself,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “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.”

VW’s ID will be the first vehicle to use the Automotive Cloud and is to be launched in Europe in 2020. Production is to start in China the same year and a member of the ID family will roll off the production line in the USA from 2022 onwards.

Christian Senger, who will be responsible for the VW Automotive Cloud as Member of the Board of Management of the VW brand for Digital Car & Services and Head of Digital Car & Services within the Group, said: “The VW Automotive Cloud will be the global technological backbone of our digital ecosystem. At the same time, we will be launching a new, high-performance software architecture in our vehicles. This will lay all the foundations required for the full networking of our vehicle fleet and for the development of digital added-value services for our customers. Our goal is the customer experience for customers in their own vehicles and beyond.”

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