Fujitsu and Ford launch powerful cloud-based MaaS platform to support AV uptake

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Japanese tech developer Fujitsu and Autonomic, a subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility, have announced a joint collaboration to launch a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform capable of rapidly processing vast quantities of data, as well as streamlining application access to data and vehicles.

“We embrace co-creation, where we bring together knowledge, expertise and technology from our ecosystem partners and customers to create better solutions,” said Junichi Azuma, corporate executive officer and EVP, head of private enterprise business in the Technology Solutions Business at Fujitsu. “Our collaboration with Autonomic exemplifies how co-creation can help us achieve our vision to create a human-centric intelligent society – a safer, more sustainable world and rewarding place for future generations.”

Leveraging Autonomic’s expertise in cloud services for connected vehicles and Fujitsu’s capabilities in technology integration and experience in the automotive space, the companies will initially deliver the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) and Fujitsu systems integration services to Ford Motor Company, followed by a roll-out to other auto makers globally.

“As we transform our business to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world, the partnership between Autonomic and Fujitsu will be a powerful enabler of our strategy,” said Rich Strader, vice president, mobility platforms and products at Ford Motor Company.

“With their combined industry knowledge, technical expertise, and world-class technology, they will be able to accelerate the delivery of holistic, and genuinely useful mobility applications.”

Supported by Amazon Web Services, the TMC connects diverse elements of urban mobility systems (connected vehicles, mass transit, personal mobile devices, city infrastructure, and service providers) with the goal of orchestrating a safer, more efficient and sustainable transportation network.

With the TMC, Autonomic delivers a flexible and secure platform that provides auto makers and other developers the building blocks necessary for connected mobility applications including self-driving car routing, management of large-scale fleets and transit planning.

Gavin Sherry, CEO at Autonomic, added, “In bringing together the power of the TMC and Fujitsu’s digital technology innovation and expertise in OEM systems integration, we can help auto makers enter new markets and achieve new revenue streams.”

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