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Volkswagen and Amazon are exploring the possibilities of a strategic partnership. The two companies want to find a way to increase the productivity of the German car manufacturer. The two are considering setting up an industry cloud, with Amazon setting up a network between Volkswagen’s factories and department stores.

That’s what the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports today. Volkswagen and Amazon have confirmed the collaboration in a press release. In the report, the two companies write that the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will in future combine the data of all machines, factories and systems of all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group.

Increase productivity

In the long term, Volkswagen’s global supply chain, which includes more than 30,000 locations and 1,500 suppliers and partner companies, must be integrated. The German car manufacturer uses Amazon Web Services technology for this purpose. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess announces his intention to increase the productivity of all factories by a third by 2025.

The car manufacturer has recently had to deal with a major scandal surrounding the emissions of his vehicles. But instead of sitting on the fence, the company has decided to apply its lessons learned. Volkswagen mainly wants to make electric cars and plans to make it 22 million in the next ten years. At the same time, however, the company warned that the production of electric vehicles would cost jobs.

In the meantime, the company is also investing in a partnership with Ford. Volkswagen wants to develop driving systems driven by artificial intelligence (AI). Furthermore, it invests 1 billion euros in the European Battery Union, in an attempt to stimulate the development of batteries. Finally, the company is still developing various ways of storing energy.

Amazon is not only one of the largest online stores, but also offers specific cloud solutions for businesses. Volkswagen wants to use this to achieve its efficiency goals.

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