Volkswagen's software arm Car.Software announced a collaboration with Microsoft to build a cloud-based automated driving platform (ADP) using the tech giant's Azure software. The partnership is aimed at helping the vehicle maker offer faster automated driving services. Volkswagen and Microsoft (MSFT) have been strategic partners since 2018 in the development of the Volkswagen automative cloud. Car.Software CEO Dirk Hilgenberg said, “By combining our connected driving solutions development expertise with Microsoft’s cloud software engineering knowledge, we accelerate the delivery of safe mobility services.