September 28, 2018 / 2:18 PM / in 25 days

Volkswagen partners with Microsoft in cloud push

(Reuters) - German automaker Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will use Microsoft Corp’s Azure cloud platform to provide all future digital services and mobility offerings across its entire fleet, the companies said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Herbert Diess, Volkswagen's new CEO, speaks next to a Volkswagen I.D. concept car at a media event ahead of the Beijing Auto Show in Beijing, China April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

From 2020, more than 5 million new Volkswagen-specific brand vehicles per year will be fully connected through Microsoft's cloud and internet of things (IoT), the companies said here.

Volkswagen will establish an automotive cloud development office in Washington State close to Microsoft’s headquarters.

Automakers have been partnering with consumer technology companies as they increasingly invest in connected cars.

Reporting by Arunima Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila

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