Ford Launches with Alibaba Cloud Autonomic in China on connected vehicles

Photo left to right: Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud; Liu Fei, director of Automobile Division, Alibaba Cloud; Gavin Sherry, CEO and co-founder of Autonomic; Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president.

Autonomic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and Alibaba Cloud, the computing arm of Alibaba Group yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring to China the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC).

Ford boasts – without evidence – that it’s the world’s foremost transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles developed by Autonomic. It’s certainly the latest – TMC – acronym in the “let’s not speak English” division of the auto industry.

In February 2018, Ford Smart Mobility announced its acquisition of Autonomic (Ford Forms Smart Mobility Subsidiary) to accelerate innovation and delivery speed in mobility initiatives such as full connectivity, micro-transit solutions and non-emergency medical transportation.

Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president of Ford Asia Pacific, and Simon Hu, president of Alibaba Cloud, witnessed the signing in Shanghai. Gavin Sherry, co-founder and CEO of Autonomic, and Liu Fei, director of Automobile Division, Alibaba Cloud, signed the MOU on behalf of both organizations.

“TMC will serve as an open, cloud-based platform that provides standardized data and infrastructure for developers to quickly build value-added software programs for interacting with connected vehicles. This new software could help deliver a better in-vehicle connectivity and mobility experience for Chinese consumers, such as helping residents plan transit journeys, managing a large-scale fleet for a ride-hailing business, and even routing self-driving cars on busy streets,” said Ford in an English-like language.

Autonomic and Alibaba Cloud “believe this partnership will be instrumental in shaping China’s transportation ecosystem by empowering multiple parties – including automakers, public transit operators and large-scale fleet operators and software developers – to enhance their vehicle connectivity and mobility experiences for Chinese customers.”

Both companies also agreed to explore new opportunities in the transportation and mobility sectors, with the goal of creating a safer, more efficient and sustainable transportation ecosystem in China.

“The TMC is positioned to help automakers succeed and meet growing demand for connected vehicles and mobility services in China,” said Gavin Sherry, co-founder, and CEO of Autonomic.

“Alibaba Cloud and Autonomic share the same vision of redefining the future of vehicle connectivity through technology,” said Simon Hu from Alibaba Cloud. “With our new collaboration, we will be able to empower the transportation ecosystem and ultimately benefit the end users.”

Autonomic has opened an office and is building a team in Shanghai to further develop and deploy the TMC in China.

“This partnership between Autonomic and Alibaba Cloud marks another significant milestone in our cooperation with Alibaba in China and supports our vision of becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company,” said Ford’s Fleet. “Working with Alibaba, we aim to help shape the future of mobility in one of the world’s largest and most dynamic markets.”

Last December, Ford and Alibaba signed a Letter of Intent, agreeing to jointly explore a variety of areas of cooperation including mobility services, connectivity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and digital marketing as an effort to revolutionize consumers’ mobility experiences in China.

 About Autonomic

Autonomic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility or connected vehicles and to change how people move around cities. As the creator of the Transportation Mobility Cloud, Autonomic gives car makers and developers a way to build customer experiences for connected vehicles. To learn more about Autonomic see

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.comclai,s to be the largest provider of public cloud. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

About Ken 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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