The Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), created by California’s Autonomic, will become the standard connected car solution in Ford vehicles through an agreement announced today between Autonomic, Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, and Amazon Web Services in Seattle.
Through the partnership, TMC will be powered by Amazon. As part of the deal, Ford and Autonomic signed a multi-year, global agreement with Amazon, which offers a global portfolio of services, including internet of things, machine learning, analytics, and compute services.
The collaboration builds upon existing relationships among the three companies. Autonomic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility.
“This collaboration will significantly expand our opportunity to deliver the very best experiences to Ford vehicle and mobility customers,” says 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 agreement allows additional partnership and business opportunities for automakers, public transit operators, large-scale fleet operators, and software developers. As a technology partner in the AWS Partner Network, Autonomic will also work with independent software vendors and system integrators 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.
“The collaboration with Ford and Autonomic transforms the way automotive customers and partners develop connected vehicle cloud services,” says Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS. “Autonomic customers will be able to bring innovative mobility services and differentiated customer experiences to their customers worldwide, by integrating TMC with AWS, the industry’s broadest and deepest cloud platform. Such capabilities, together with AWS’s partner network community and broad customer base in automotive, will help reimagine the future of the automobile industry.”
Automakers can avoid the time and monetary investment required to build their own connectivity layer by using TMC’s platform. TMC is already connected to millions of vehicles and provides secure, bi-directional connectivity to the cloud from vehicles.
“This marks the next stage of what has already been an immensely gratifying collaborative relationship with AWS,” says Gavin Sherry, co-founder and CEO of Autonomic. “One of the many goals we have in common is to build a cohesive framework for vehicle makers and developers, allowing them to focus on creating some of the best experiences for customers who use our connectivity systems. Now, with the announcement of this strategic collaboration, our platforms’ capabilities will expand greatly.”