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Ford Subsidiary Autonomic Partners with Alibaba Cloud to Standardize Connected Car Communications

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【Summary】Autonomic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring to China the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), a standard transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles developed by Autonomic.

Paul Young    Aug 14, 2018 12:16 PM PT
Ford Subsidiary Autonomic Partners with Alibaba Cloud to Standardize Connected Car Communications

SHANGHAI — Autonomic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring to China the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), a standard transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles developed by Autonomic.

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.

Ford Motor Company acquired silicon valley-based Autonomic In January 2018. At the time, Ford CEO Jim Hackett outlined plans to use Autonomic to develop a Transportation Mobility Cloud service that would serve as a standardized communications platform for connecting vehicles and public transit. The partnership with Alibaba Cloud will help further this effort.

The technology is known as vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2X), allowing vehicles to communicate with nearby vehicles or communicate with urban infrastructure such as connected traffic signals.

Autonomic's TMC is an open cloud-based platform that provides data and API's for developers, multiple transportation partners, including different automakers, to build software programs for interacting with these connected vehicles. The TMC provides standardized way to communicate with vehicles. For example, the TMC platform is able to send instructions to vehicles remotely, such as turning the ignition on or managing an electric vehicle's charging schedule.

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This new software could help deliver a better in-vehicle connectivity and mobility experience for Chinese consumers, such as helping residents plan road trips, managing a large-scale fleet for a ride-hailing business, and even routing self-driving cars around traffic.

Autonomic and Alibaba Cloud believe this partnership will be instrumental in shaping China's transportation ecosystem by allowing multiple parties to enhance their vehicle connectivity and mobility experiences for Chinese customers utilizing a single, cloud-based platform to send and receive data.

"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. "Through this partnership with Alibaba Cloud, we will accelerate our vision of creating the largest connected vehicle offering globally, while powering smart cities and vehicle connectivity in China."

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

Autonomic opened a new 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 Peter Fleet, Ford group vice president and president of Ford Asia Pacific. "Working with Alibaba, we aim to help shape the future of mobility in one of the world's largest and most dynamic markets."


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