Autonomic in California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dearborn’s Ford Smart Mobility, and Japan’s Fujitsu, an information and communication technology company, have announced a collaboration to offer OEMs a transportation mobility cloud and systems integration services.
Ford Motor Co. will have access to the services first, followed by a rollout to other automakers around the world. The companies’ goal is to offer a fast and flexible solution to support the automotive industry’s transformation to mobility-as-a-service models. The partnership will leverage Autonomic’s expertise in cloud services for connected vehicles and Fujitsu’s capabilities in technology integration and experience in the automotive space.
“We are delighted to partner with Fujitsu to increase the ease and speed with which the automotive industry can offer mobility services to its customers,” says Gavin Sherry, CEO of Autonomic. “In bringing together the power of the transportation mobility cloud and Fujitsu’s digital technology innovation and expertise in OEM systems integration, we can help automakers enter new markets and achieve new revenue streams.”
Autonomic’s transportation mobility cloud gives car makers and developers the infrastructure to build customer experiences for connected vehicles and is supported by Amazon Web Services. The system connects elements of urban mobility including connected vehicles, mass transit, personal mobile devices, city infrastructure, and service providers. The platform provides automakers and developers the building blocks necessary for connected mobility applications ranging from self-driving car routing, fleet management, transit planning, and more.
Fujitsu will bring its systems integration experience and stream data processing technology, Dracena, which speeds up the deployment of mobility services to individual customers through the continuous processing of internet of things data from OEMs, insurance companies, and other verticalized input. Fujitsu will also offer access to its digital consulting, other services and solutions, and its global sales network.
“Fujitsu is committed to its partnership with Autonomic to realize the future of mobility,” says Junichi Azuma, corporate executive officer and executive vice president, and head of private enterprise business in the technology solution business at Fujitsu Ltd. “We embrace co-creation, where we bring together knowledge, expertise, and technology from our ecosystem partners and customers to create better solutions. Our collaboration with Autonomic exemplifies how co-creation can help us achieve our vision to create a human-centric intelligent society – a safer, more sustainable world and rewarding place for future generations.”
With growth in connected cars, autonomous driving, sharing services, ride hailing, and electric vehicles, the automotive industry is moving toward a service-led ecosystem, or mobility-as-a-service. This has increased the demand for a fast and flexible mobility service platform that’s capable of quickly processing the quantity of data that mobility innovation generates, as well as streamlining applications’ access to the data and vehicles.
“As we transform our business to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world, the partnership between Autonomic and Fujitsu will be a powerful enabler of our strategy,” says Rich Strader, vice president of mobility platforms and products at Ford. “With their combined industry knowledge, technical expertise, and world-class technology, they will be able to accelerate the delivery of holistic and genuinely useful mobility applications.”