MS and Bosch join hands to develop software-defined vehicle platform

German company ties up with Microsoft for seamless integration between cars and cloud

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MSBosch has announced a partnership with tech giant Microsoft. The tie-up between MS and Bosch is to develop a software platform to seamlessly connect cars to the cloud.

The aim of this partnership is to simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of vehicle software throughout a car’s lifetime in tune with automotive quality standards.

To be based on Microsoft Azure and incorporate software modules from Bosch, the new platform will enable software to be developed and downloaded to the control units and vehicle computers.

The partnership will also focus on the development of tools that increase efficiency in the software development process. This in turn will drive innovation and bring down development costs for vehicle software within and across organisations.

Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH, says, “Bosch already securely updates car software over the air today. With the comprehensive platform for software-defined cars, we want to further empower automakers to develop new functions and get them on the road faster.”

According to Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI, Microsoft, “Our collaboration with Bosch brings together the expertise of one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers with the power of the Microsoft cloud, AI and GitHub.”

Guthrie added that with software quickly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry, their ambition is to help businesses accelerate the delivery of unique mobility services across passenger cars and commercial fleets at scale.

Quicker access

Thanks to this platform, drivers can get quicker access to new functions and digital services. The coming together of Bosch and Microsoft combines the wealth of software, electronics, and systems expertise of the automotive supplier with MS’s know-how in software engineering and cloud computing.

Both Microsoft and Bosch intend to make the new software platform available for first vehicle prototypes by the end of 2021.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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