Ford, Autonomic, Amazon Web Services to Collaborate on Advanced Vehicle Connectivity. Future Boon or Debacle?

AutoInformed.com on Autonomic conceptualization of public transportation services, self-driving cars, cyclists and infrastructure speaking the same language and communicating with each other.

Autonomic conceptualization of public transportation services, self-driving cars, cyclists and infrastructure speaking the same language and communicating with each other.

Ford Motor Company and the creators of the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) Autonomic have signed a multi-year, global agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will allegedly expand the availability of cloud connectivity services and connected car application development services for the transportation industry.

The collaboration with AWS in theory allows additional partnership and business opportunities for automakers, public transit operators, large-scale fleet operators, and software developers. It also offers unprecedented use and sale of personal data.

Through this deal, Autonomic’s TMC will be powered by AWS– a cloud service – to become the connected car offering for Ford vehicles. Ford Mobility and Autonomic claim they 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 compute services. 

As part of 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 sales pitch (warning techno and marketing babble alert): “Automakers and application developers can leverage the TMC to free themselves from the large investment and extensive time required to build their own connectivity layer. Instead, by connecting via TMC, they can apply those resources to creating innovative products and solutions that differentiate them in their marketplaces. TMC, already connected to millions of vehicles, provides secure, bi-directional connectivity to the cloud from vehicles… TMC is vehicle brand agnostic and provides the API-centric, cloud-based software development experience that developers of mobile applications prefer.”

 “This collaboration will significantly expand our opportunity to deliver the very best experiences to Ford vehicle and mobility customers,” claimed Marcy Klevorn, president of Ford Mobility, without mentioning a looming crisis involving the use and sale of personal user data.

 Amazon Web Services

 For 13 years, Amazon Web Services has been a broadly adopted cloud platform. “AWS offers over 165 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 61 Availability Zones (AZs) within 20 geographic regions, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Sweden, and the UK.”

Autonomic

 Autonomic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility and is supposed to usher in a new era of connected vehicles and transform how people move around cities. As the creator of the world’s foremost transportation and mobility platform for connected vehicles — the Transportation Mobility Cloud — Autonomic gives car makers and developers a way to build customer experiences for connected vehicles.

About Kenneth Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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