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Ford and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have entered into a partnership to establish a global cloud-based service for autonomous and connected cars. That’s what Silicon Angle reports.

The two companies state that they will work together to create “innovative mobility services and distinctive user experiences”. However, specific applications related to the collaboration were not disclosed. These may include the option to have connected cars talk to each other, to warn each other about e.g. dangerous road conditions.

Transportation Mobility Cloud

The collaboration revolves around the Transportation Mobility Cloud hosted by AWS and developed by Ford partner Autonomic. That platform is designed to “connect vehicles, public transport, pedestrians, the city’s infrastructure and service providers”.

Ford states that it hopes to be able to set up “business opportunities for car manufacturers, public transport operators and large fleets, and software developers” as part of the initiative. The company also said that although the Transportation Mobility Cloud platform is owned by Ford subsidiary Autonomic, other companies may also use the services.

Ford has been working on the development of self-propelled cars for some time now. It has already invested millions of dollars in this and last year the company received approval to test the prototypes of its autonomous vehicles on the streets of Washington D.C. In addition, the company is allowed to carry out similar tests in China, in collaboration with Baidu.


This is not the first time that AWS has started a partnership for connected cars. A collaboration with Avis was announced in November last year. The two companies want to work together to create applications and services that will provide operational improvements for Avis, and create better smart city experiences for users.

As part of the partnership, Avis is using the AWS Cloud Platform and the Connected Vehicle Solution to create a data analysis system. This system integrates machine learning, artificial intelligence and data management to track inventory, vehicle mileage and maintenance. The company therefore knows the status of every car in the fleet.

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