Microsoft announced a partnership with Cruise, the driverless division of General Motors. Cruise wants to harness his prowess in cloud computing to help enter the era of autonomous vehicles. The long-term partnership aims to leverage Microsoft’s Azure platform as Cruise tries to commercialize its autonomous vehicles in the next decade.

 

 

Microsoft is slowly getting into the auto business

Cloud computing will play an important part of a driverless future. If there will be autonomous vehicles roaming cities in the years ahead, the ability of these cars to communicate with each other and share data on other things like their location, traffic, and weather over the cloud could help them do this more securely and efficiently.

For example, we’ve seen Intel make significant strides in this area with the acquisition of Mobileye and plans to build and test large self-driving vehicle fleets.

Thanks to its new partnership with Cruise, Microsoft will try to lend the power of its Azure cloud computing platform to its cause. The partnership also comes with the software giant’s investment in Cruise, along with other players such as General Motors and Honda. This investment was announced as a total of 2 billion dollars.

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Microsoft announced a partnership with Cruise, the driverless division of General Motors. Cruise wants to harness his prowess in cloud computing to help enter the era of autonomous vehicles. The long-term partnership aims to leverage Microsoft’s Azure platform as Cruise tries to commercialize its autonomous vehicles in the next decade.

 

“Microsoft is making a great contribution to the team as we move towards a future world of zero accidents, zero emissions and zero congestion,” said Mary Barra, GM President and CEO. Microsoft will help us accelerate the commercialization of Cruise’s all-electric, autonomous vehicles, and will help GM leverage cloud computing as we launch 30 new electric vehicles globally by 2025 and create new jobs and services to support growth. ” said.

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