By MT Bureau| Feb 19, 2021

Bosch, Microsoft To Develop Software-Defined Vehicle Platform

Bosch and Microsoft together will develop a software platform that seamlessly connects cars to the cloud.

According to Bosch, the collaboration will help simplify and accelerate vehicle software development and deployment throughout a car’s lifetime following automotive quality standards. Both companies will also focus on developing tools that increase efficiency in the software development process.

Bosch said the collaboration will help reduce development costs for vehicle software within and across organizations.

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

For drivers, the platform will mean quicker access to new functions and digital services. Both companies intend to make the new software platform available for first vehicle prototypes by the end of 2021.

“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,” says Dr Markus Heyn, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH.

“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,” says Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI, Microsoft.

 “With software quickly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry, our ambition is to help businesses accelerate the delivery of unique mobility services across passenger cars and commercial fleets at scale.” (MT)

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