Amazon announced yesterday that its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business has signed a multi-year, global agreement with the Volkswagen Group “to build the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, a cloud-based Industrial digital production platform that will transform the automotive company’s manufacturing and logistics processes.”

According to the announcement, “Volkswagen will rely upon the breadth and depth of AWS’s portfolio of services, including IoT, machine learning, analytics, and compute services to increase plant efficiency and uptime, improve production flexibility, and increase vehicle quality … The Volkswagen Industrial Cloud will bring together real-time data from all of the Volkswagen Group’s 122 manufacturing plants to manage the overall effectiveness of assembly equipment, as well as track parts and vehicles.”

KC's View: I only mention this because, when I read the story, it occurred to me that maybe the folks at Volkswagen could use Amazon’s services to make sure that it didn’t commit massive fraud, lying systemically about its car emissions.

This is a company, after all, that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said “reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in benefit by issuing the securities at more attractive rates for the company” and “repeatedly lied to and misled United States investors, consumers, and regulators as part of an illegal scheme to sell its purportedly ‘clean diesel’ cars and billions of dollars of corporate bonds and other securities in the United States.”

Maybe Amazon could provide some machine learning technology that would help VW executives learn how to tell the truth.