Ford Motor Company and creators of the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC), Autonomic, have signed a multi-year, global agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS), that the companies say will expand the availability of cloud connectivity services and connected car application development services for the transportation industry.

Through this collaboration, Autonomic’s TMC will be powered by AWS to become the standard connected car solution for Ford vehicles. Ford Mobility and Autonomic say they chose AWS for its global availability and the breadth and depth of AWS’ portfolio of services, including Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, analytics, and compute services. As a technology partner in the AWS partner network (APN), Autonomic will also work with independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (Sis) to offer vehicle connectivity services and capabilities for developing connected vehicle cloud services, vehicle features, and mobile applications to automotive manufacturers and mobility application developers.

Ford and Autonomic say that automakers and application developers can leverage the TMC to "free themselves from the large investment and extensive time required to build their own connectivity layer. Instead, by connecting via TMC, they can apply those resources to creating innovative products and solutions that differentiate them in their marketplaces." TMC is intended to provide secure, bidirectional connectivity to the cloud from vehicles. Ford and Autonomic say it "securely ingests and enriches vehicle data in real time, and it gives software developers easy access to the processed data to be able to create rich applications for drivers, fleet-owners, and vehicle manufacturers." TMC is reportedly vehicle brand agnostic and provides an API-centric, cloud-based software development experience.

“This collaboration will significantly expand our opportunity to deliver the very best experiences to Ford vehicle and mobility customers,” said Marcy Klevorn, President of Ford Mobility. “I am excited that our future cloud standard for connected vehicle solutions will be powered by AWS in addition to Autonomic’s Transportation Mobility Cloud. Working with AWS and Autonomic, Ford and our mobility partners will have access to the industry-leading mobility platform.”