Software-defined vehicles

Alliance set up to develop “software-defined vehicles”

Bosch teams up with Microsoft to develop a software platform to seamlessly connect cars to the cloud. The goal of this collaboration is to simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of vehicle software throughout a car’s lifetime in accordance with automotive quality standards.

“Bosch already securely updates car software over the air today. Thanks to a comprehensive platform for software-defined cars, we want to offer automakers even better support in the future as they develop new functions and get them on the road faster.”

Dr. Markus Heyn

Dr. Markus Heyn

Member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH

Developing the automotive future together

Software updates over the air

Software will play an increasingly important role in future vehicle generations, not least because new trends such as electromobility, automated driving, and modern mobility services would not be possible without it. Accordingly, updates and upgrades will also be much more frequent in the future.

However, stringent safety requirements throughout the vehicle’s lifetime make wireless software updates and digital services for cars very complex. The wide range of different series and models makes things even more challenging.

Having a comprehensive software platform from the vehicle to the cloud will reduce the complexity of the software development and the vehicle system integration. In this way it will create the conditions for wireless updates to work just as smoothly and conveniently in vehicles as they do in smartphones. The pre-integrated platform will greatly reduce the complexity of over-the-air updates, which help ensure that a vehicle’s software is always up to date, thanks to the fact that the software architectures of vehicles and the cloud will now fit together seamlessly.

“Our collaboration with Bosch brings together the expertise of one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers with the power of the Microsoft cloud, AI and GitHub. With software quickly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry, our ambition is to help businesses accelerate the delivery of unique mobility services across passenger cars and commercial fleets at scale.”

Scott Guthrie

Scott Guthrie

Executive vice president, Cloud and AI, Microsoft


The collaboration will benefit from Bosch’s deep understanding of electrical and electronic architectures, control units, and vehicle computers, which is necessary for over-the-air vehicle updates. In addition, Bosch will contribute its expertise as well as software-based products and development tools for cars. This includes the basic software and middleware for vehicle computers and control units, as well as cloud-based software modules to bring over-the-air updates to entire vehicle fleets.

The collaboration between Bosch and Microsoft combines the wealth of software, electronics, and systems expertise of the world’s leading automotive supplier with Microsoft’s know-how in software engineering and cloud computing.

The new software platform is based on Microsoft Azure and also includes software modules from Bosch.

Both companies intend to make the new software platform available for first vehicle prototypes by the end of 2021.

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Sven Kappel, Connected Mobility Solutions, Head of Software-defined Car

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Connected Mobility Solutions, Head of Software-defined Car

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