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Classics Bosch and Microsoft are jointly developing car software platform

16:16  18 february  2021
16:16  18 february  2021 Source:   de.reuters.com

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Berlin (Reuters) - After Volkswagen, Microsoft is now also working with the technology group Robert Bosch on the development of software for cars.

FILE PHOTO: The Robert Bosch logo at the company's research and development centre in Renningen © Reuters / Ralph Orlowski FILE PHOTO: The Robert Bosch logo at the company's research and development center in Renningen

The goal is to develop innovations faster and easier and to regularly upload them to control units and vehicle computers via the cloud over the entire life of the car, both companies announced on Thursday. The platform will be based on Microsoft's Azure cloud offering and contain software modules from Bosch. Both companies are aiming for speed: the first vehicle prototypes should be able to use the software platform by the end of the year.

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Companies around the world are striving to get a foothold in the growing business of data and software from and in the driver's cab. Daimler and VW are working on their own operating systems so as not to hand over the magazine to IT giants like Apple and Google. Volkswagen has also brought Microsoft on board for this purpose. The world's largest software company provides the Wolfsburg-based company with a kind of programming toolbox to enable them to develop software for applications more quickly. Microsoft's cloud boss Scott Guthrie said of the new deal: "Software is becoming more and more a key differentiator in the automotive industry." This is also related to the fact that software is essential for electromobility and automated driving.

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