Bosch, Microsoft Team Up to Develop Software Platform for Cars

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Bosch, Microsoft Team Up to Develop Software Platform for Cars

The world’s largest automotive supplier will be working with one of the world’s largest tech companies in the future: Bosch and Microsoft have agreed to cooperate on software development. The goal is to develop a software platform for cars that Bosch hopes will enable it to further develop “vehicle software faster, easier and throughout the entire car lifecycle” in the future, according to a letter from the company.

The software platform is based on Microsoft’s Cloud Azure and includes software modules from Bosch. The jointly developed car software will be uploaded to the vehicles’ control units or central computers via the U.S. tech giant’s cloud, it said. The first vehicle prototypes should be able to use the new platform by the end of 2021.

Markus Heyn, the Bosch board of management member responsible for the Connected Mobility Solutions division, emphasizes that Bosch is already capable of so-called “over-the-air updates,” in which a vehicle’s software is downloaded and installed via an Internet connection, just like a smartphone.Software Platform for Cars

But thanks to an end-to-end platform for software-defined vehicles, we want to provide even better support for automakers in the future in developing new functions faster and bringing them to the road,

Heyn is quoted as saying in the Bosch release.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Bosch

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