Ford subsidiary Autonomic secures Alibaba mobility partnership

Automotive giant Ford acquired Autonomic back in February and will now partner with Alibaba to launch its cloud mobility solution in China.

The company will be looking to launch the automaker’s Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) in the Chinese market, enabling a range of services to be deployed for all participants in the transport ecosystem.

Gavin Sherry, Co-Founder and CEO of Autonomic, says:

“The TMC is positioned to help automakers succeed and meet growing demand for connected vehicles and mobility services in China.

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.”

Services could include ride-hailing/sharing apps, entertainment for passengers, or for other mobility uses from a range of automotive companies, including Ford’s rivals.

Beyond the launch of TMC in China, the companies will also collaborate to create their own mobility product offerings, to their mutual advantage.

Peter Fleet, Ford Group VP and President of Ford Asia Pacific, comments:

“This partnership between Autonomic and Alibaba Cloud marks another significant milestone in our cooperation with Alibaba in China and supports our vision of becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company.

Working with Alibaba, we aim to help shape the future of mobility in one of the world’s largest and most dynamic markets.”

Ford and Alibaba signed a wider agreement last December to jointly explore areas of cooperation across their respective businesses – including mobility services, connectivity, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and digital marketing.

Autonomic has set up an office in Shanghai and is currently hiring.

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