Volkswagen announced the selection of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to integrate the data from 122 VW Group plants, machines and systems to improve its production systems and processes.
Volkswagen expects the sales revenues of the Volkswagen Group to grow by 5 percent in 2019. Its operating return on sales will be in the range of 6.5–7.5 percent in 2019.
Volkswagen CIO Martin Hofmann is responsible for the selection of technology and tech deployments at the automobile major.
AWS will help the German automaker join up its plants and supply chain with over 30,000 locations and 1,500 suppliers using a data platform known as the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud.
The cloud platform will be available to other car manufacturers and specific negotiations with major industrial companies interested in migrating to the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud are already underway.
The cloud helps VW to detect supply bottlenecks and process disruptions early as well as to optimize the operation of machinery and equipment.
Amazon’s machine learning analytics and production know-how will be extended to the requirements of the auto industry, VW and Amazon Web services said.
VW and AWS will have about 220 specialists at Volkswagen Industrial Cloud project — based at several Volkswagen IT competence centers, as well as a projected joint Industrial Cloud Innovation Center in Berlin.
Volkswagen earlier said it 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.
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).
Volkswagen will establish an automotive cloud development office in Washington State close to Microsoft’s headquarters.