Autonomic, the wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility, has partnered with Japanese information and communication technology company Fujitsu to expand cloud mobility services in ride sharing, fleet management, and autonomous car routing services to new regions.
The partners said they will combine their industry expertise and digital technologies to accelerate mobility-as-a-service adoption.
“With the growth in connected cars, autonomous driving, sharing services, ride-hailing, and electric vehicles, the automotive industry is moving towards a services-led automotive ecosystem commonly known as mobility-as-a-service,” Fujitsu said in a company release.
“This has dramatically increased the demand for a fast and flexible mobility service platform that's capable of rapidly processing the vast quantity of data that mobility innovation generates, as well as streamlining applications' access to that data and those vehicles,” it added.
Acquired by Ford Motor Company in January 2018, Autonomic offers cloud services for connected vehicles. Fujitsu, on the other hand, has capabilities in technology integration in the automotive space.
Both companies will initially deliver the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) and Fujitsu systems integration services to Ford Motor Company, followed by a rollout to other automakers globally.
“We can help automakers enter new markets and achieve new revenue streams," said Gavin Sherry, CEO of Autonomic.
“We embrace co-creation, where we bring together knowledge, expertise, and technology from our ecosystem partners and customers to create better solutions," added Junichi Azuma, Corporate Executive officer and EVP, Head of Private Enterprise Business in the Technology Solutions Business at Fujitsu Limited.
Statista estimates that there are over 1.2 billion motor vehicles in use worldwide. But by 2019, the research firm projects that connected car shipments will reach hit 64 million units.
It said the various market segments related to the connected car market include automotive infotainment and navigation technologies, electric vehicle services, car safety systems, electronic tolling, fleet relationship management, insurance services and fleet management.