Companies will also explore new collaboration opportunities in the transportation and mobility sectors
Alibaba Cloud is partnering with Autonomic to introduce its transportation mobility cloud (TMC) software that can be used to connect vehicles in China.
Autonomic, owned by Ford Smart Mobility, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group in Shanghai, which will see the companies explore new collaboration opportunities in the transportation and mobility sectors. The ultimate goal is to create a safer, more efficient and sustainable transportation ecosystem in China.
The TMC cloud-based platform will provide standardised data and infrastructure for developers to help them deliver better experiences, like helping residents plan transit journeys, manage a large-scale fleet for a ride-hailing business, or even routing self-driving cars on busy streets, for instance.
Autonomic and Alibaba Cloud reckon their 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.
“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.”
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 revolutionise consumers’ mobility experiences in China.
“Alibaba Cloud and Autonomic share the same vision of redefining the future of vehicle connectivity through technology”
Autonomic has now opened an office and is building a team in Shanghai to further develop and deploy the TMC in China.
“Alibaba Cloud and Autonomic share the same vision of redefining the future of vehicle connectivity through technology,” added Simon Hu from Alibaba Cloud. “With our new collaboration, we will be able to empower the transportation ecosystem and ultimately benefit the end users.”
Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC.
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