VW deepens cloud computing partnership with Microsoft

Volkswagen said on Wednesday it had struck a deal with Microsoft to cooperate on cloud computing as part of its drive to offer connected vehicle services across the globe.

By allowing vehicles to tap Microsoft’s remote computer processors via the cloud, VW can offer its customers personalized on-board media streaming, and make suggestions for parking and charging.

VW said it will use its Automotive Cloud as the core of its vehicle and service data operations for its new I.D. electric cars, which are due to hit showrooms in 2020.

The automaker will expand Automotive Cloud’s global footprint to China and the United States, VW said. Previously it has been developed mainly for the European market.