Amazon signs new cloud partnership with Ford

24 April 2019

24 April 2019

Ford and Autonomic have signed a multi-year global agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will allow the expansion of cloud connectivity services.

Through this collaboration, Autonomic’s Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) system will be powered by AWS and will become the standard connected car solution for Ford vehicles. Ford Mobility and Autonomic chose AWS for its global availability, and the breadth and depth of AWS’ portfolio of services, including Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, analytics, and computer services.

Integrated services

The collaboration with AWS also allows additional partnership and business opportunities for carmakers, public transit operators, large-scale fleet operators, and software developers. As a Technology Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), Autonomic will also work with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (Sis) to offer vehicle connectivity services and capabilities for developing connected vehicle cloud services, vehicle features, and mobile applications to automotive manufacturers and mobility application developers.

Manufacturers are increasingly looking toward connected vehicle systems to give them more access to the driver, provide any relevant service and information and to gather data which may then be monetised. There are also safety benefits, such as a system recently highlighted by Volvo, allowing cars to warn each other of hazardous road conditions.

Significant offer

′This collaboration will significantly expand our opportunity to deliver the very best experiences to Ford vehicle and mobility customers,’ said Marcy Klevorn, president of Ford Mobility. ′I am excited that our future cloud standard for connected vehicle solutions will be powered by AWS in addition to Autonomic’s Transportation Mobility Cloud. Working with AWS and Autonomic, Ford and our mobility partners will have access to the industry-leading mobility platform.’

′The collaboration with Ford and Autonomic transforms the way automotive customers and partners develop connected vehicle cloud services,’ said Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. ′Autonomic customers will be able to bring mobility services and differentiated customer experiences to their customers worldwide, by integrating TMC with AWS. Such capabilities will help reimagine the future of the automobile industry.’  

AWS is already working with Volkswagen in Germany to build the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, which will combine the data of all machines, plants and systems from all 122 facilities of the Volkswagen Group. This will create new prospects for the optimisation of processes in production and allows considerable productivity improvements at the plants, allowing them to meet goals set out by the manufacturer.