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SKODA AUTO speeds up its digital transformation with AccelerateIT and Microsoft

Cloud-based AI solutions already help ŠKODA AUTO, for example, to determine how to optimally load the truck containers at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav. ŠKODA’s car configurator also runs on Azure and is supported by Microsoft data centres in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia as the application is used by people from all over the world.

Klaus Blüm, Head of ŠKODA IT, stated: ŠKODA AUTO is changing into a provider of comprehensive and innovative mobility services that are based on data, and increasingly also on AI. We use artificial intelligence to improve internal processes in our business, in our vehicles including for autonomous driving and, of course, for our new customer-friendly online services. In order to speed up our transformation, ŠKODA AUTO has launched the strategic program AccelerateIT, which will be strengthened through our collaboration with Microsoft.

First, Azure is to serve as a platform for processes and business models that are based on data and AI. The digital customer services created on the cloud-based platform are to assist in setting ŠKODA AUTO apart from its competitors.

“The car industry is facing a dramatic change over the coming years. ŠKODA AUTO has prepared for this at an early stage and is investing significantly in digitalisation and software. The use of AI technology and the consistent use of data to optimise internal processes and support new customer services are essential focus areas of our digitalisation strategy. To this end, we are also pursuing new ways to collaborate. Together with our ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, we have established an AI Hub, a joint community of AI experts and partners to advance our projects quickly and in an agile manner,” explained Andre Wehner, Chief Digital Officer at ŠKODA AUTO.

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Feb 10, 2021 at 19:29

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