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Ford and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the news on Monday at the CES 2018 keynote kicking off the annual conference.
A decade ago this week, General Motors became the first automaker to bring an automated vehicle to CES, and then-CEO Rick Wagoner was the first to keynote the annual Las Vegas technology show. Plenty has changed since then as the U.S. auto industry went through a painful reorganization in 2009 and now potentially faces an even bigger existential threat brought about by the same technology GM brought here in 2008.
This network of technologies will live inside what Ford calls the Transportation Mobility Cloud, which the automaker is developing with Silicon Valley start-up Autonomic. The companies are offering this cloud as a framework for cities to create systems in which every piece of technology – from buses and self-driving cars, to the infrastructure of the traffic system itself – speaks the same language. By doing so, Ford says cities can reduce traffic congestion and parking problems, and allow millions of people to move into city centers.
— THE DETROIT NEWS
The announcements focus on providing cities with cloud services to better understand the autonomous vehicles zooming around their streets, building hardware for vehicles to communicate with one another, and testing new services that are powered by self-driving cars. They’re powered by a series of partnerships with companies like Postmates, Qualcomm, and Autonomic.
— VENTURE BEAT
Ford unveiled its new self-driving “platform” on which its partners like Lyft, Domino’s Pizza, and
Postmates — and even small- and medium-sized businesses — can tap into and reap the benefits of the auto giant’s fleet of autonomous vehicles. It’s an aggressive approach to the future of transportation, especially when taken with Ford’s other announcements today regarding its work with Qualcomm and its creation of something it calls the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.” In the simplest terms, Ford is tired of being just a car company; now it wants to be seen as an operating system for the future of mobility.
— THE VERGE
Ford and Silicon Valley start-up Autonomic said on Tuesday they will develop the Transportation Mobility Cloud to ease the flow of information in futuristic cities so that all the modes of transportation, from cars and bikes to mass transit, can work together.
"Ford is taking a strong stand for the industry to develop a set of rules,” Autonomic CEO Sunny Madra told The Verge in advance of Ford CEO Jim Hackett’s keynote speech.
— THE VERGE