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Volkswagen and Amazon are facing a far-reaching cooperation

Of the German vehicle group and the IT company from the US plan, according to the SZ a strategic cooperation agreement. It is planned, apparently, a kind of "i

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Volkswagen and Amazon are facing a far-reaching cooperation
Of the German vehicle group and the IT company from the US plan, according to the SZ a strategic cooperation agreement. It is planned, apparently, a kind of "industrial Cloud", the software company linked to the 122 plants and warehouses of the group. the By Max Hägler Max Hägler

Max Hägler is a Department editor at Business. Born in Munich, studied political science there. While the civil service structure of a publishing GmbH. For the election to the Bundestag 2005 he began to report as a country correspondent for the "taz" from Bavaria. Since the summer of 2008, he is in the süddeutsche Zeitung: as a Bayern correspondent in Regensburg, and later as a business correspondent for Baden-Württemberg.

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The Volkswagen group seems to want to enter into a broad partnership with the Internet company Amazon. Like to hear from the vehicle group, to Amazon's help is crucial to increase the productivity of the Volkswagen factories. VW-in-chief Herbert Diess had set as a goal that the group should work works up to the year 2025 to a third more productive. Under the leadership of the car manufacturer from Wolfsburg 122 factories all over the world vehicles - including the brands Audi, Lamborghini, Škoda, Scania or VW produce.

Diess has recently made it clear that the group with its 650 000 employees under massive pressure from new competitors, and, in his view, even struggling to Survive. This is also the reason he went recently, collaborations with other big companies. So he wants to develop with the US car group Ford, among others, Small truck build and driving assistance systems. At a Meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Diess recently said in Berlin that the software manufacturer to help with applications for motorists.

In the past week, then Diess finally released a Selfie with Amazon boss Jeff Bezos on the Internet portal LinkedIn. The contribution went down in the last week almost, because It had to, among other things, discussions with workers at the VW main plant in Wolfsburg, which went to Jobst. But as is now clear, was This not just for fun in the so-called "Martian"conference, Bezos, recently all sorts of technology-thinkers came together. According to the süddeutsche Zeitung the two agreed a strategic partnership to a kind of "industrial Cloud", the Details of which will soon be announced.

Pretty much the best of friends? Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos (li.) and VW chief Herbert Diess.

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The US-based company is primarily known for its Internet trading platform, but it also has one of the most powerful Clouds in the world. This refers to bundled Server, which you can obtain from different Parts of the world, your data, and Central processing. Apparently, now wants to use VW this computing capacity, to come to the own Efficiency. Possible that this could also be due to a massive networking, the Amazon, the equipment, deliveries, and storage switches. The various vehicle factories around the world, and their stock are currently working with completely different Software systems, making an Overview difficult. The many Thousands of suppliers, in turn, are usually connected to the works to get orders, but these systems are not currently uniform. The company's Headquarters in Wolfsburg has such deliveries, no Live Overview of the Vehicle, Assembly lines, and problems in their own workplaces.

The press office of the VW group, declined to comment. On the other hand, one hears that Diess and Bezos sat at the world economic summit in Davos longer together. And wrote about the Selfie-picture This: "I'm looking forward to shaping the future together." Velvet rocket icon behind it.

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