The Ford subsidiary Autonomic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Alibaba Cloud to bring to China the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) – what it calls the world’s foremost transportation and mobility solution for connected vehicles.
Enabled by Alibaba Cloud, Autonomic says the TMC will serve as an open, cloud-based platform that provides standardised data and infrastructure for developers to quickly build value-added software programs for interacting with connected vehicles. It says 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.
Autonomic and Alibaba Cloud say they 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 have also agreed to explore new collaboration opportunities in the transportation and mobility sectors, with the ultimate 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. “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.”
“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.”
Picture: Gavin Sherry, co-founder and CEO of Autonomic, and Liu Fei, director of Automobile Division, Alibaba Cloud, signed the MOU on behalf of both organisations.