Additional complexity for software development arises from the diversity of model series and variants in the automotive industry, especially in Germany. Bosch therefore contributes to the development cooperation on the one hand its experience with electrical and electronic architectures, control units and vehicle computers, which is necessary for the OTA updates of the vehicles. On the other hand, the company contributes its know-how as well as software-based products and development tools for cars. This includes the basic software and so-called middleware for vehicle computers and ECUs, as well as cloud-based software modules to apply wireless updates to entire vehicle fleets.
"With a comprehensive software platform from the vehicle to the cloud, we reduce the complexity in both software development and system integration in the car. In this way, we create the prerequisite for wireless updates to work just as smoothly and conveniently in vehicles as they do in smartphones," says Heyn. A pre-integrated platform solution, such as the one to be developed together with Microsoft, reduces the complexity of OTA updates that keep the vehicle software always up-to-date. This is made possible because the software architectures of vehicles and cloud now fit together seamlessly.
Bosch and Microsoft also plan to further develop existing software tools. They are intended to enable automakers and suppliers to simplify and accelerate their own software development while still complying with the automotive industry's high safety requirements. The companies also want to use the fully integrated GitHub Enterprise platform. There are also plans to make important parts of the new software platform available as open source on GitHub.com for developers.
With the Bosch cooperation, Microsoft's influence in the automotive sector continues to grow. Only last week, Volkswagen announced a cooperation with Microsoft in which the Azure platform also plays a central role.