Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Ford launches cloud-based platform for mobility services

Ford launches cloud-based platform for mobility services

For years, leaders at Ford Motor Co. have talked about a "City of Tomorrow", but after a presentation Tuesday at the CES technology show, tomorrow may not seem so far away.

The goal would be to manage traffic flow more effectively and reduce congestion and pollution, while boosting revenue for businesses by, as Hackett wrote on a blog post on January 8, "developing smart vehicles for a smart world". "The auto, obviously, is going to learn to drive itself, but the city's transportation grid will mutate around what the cars need".

The Transportation Mobility Cloud is an open, cloud-based platform for mobility services to support the transportation system in cities so that any mode of transportation, whether vehicles, bicycles or mass transit, can work together.

9 unveiled the company's plans to integrate autonomous vehicles into technology it is developing to create "Living Cities".

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Ford CEO Jim Hackett is to announce new details of the automaker's autonomous vehicles business strategy Tuesday morning during his keynote address at the CES tech conference in Las Vegas.

Ford is partnering with Qualcomm to develop technology to connect cars to each other and to the world around them in the hope of easing congestion and adding other services for passengers.

Ford's president of global markets Jim Farley writes in his blog post that the Blue Oval is gearing up to test its robotic cars in an unnamed city. Teaming with Autonomic, a company that Ford invested in past year, will help it ramp quickly since the Palo Alto company's staff has lots of experience building platforms intended for integration on a broad scale, including Amazon Web Services. Ford management have frequently spoken about their efforts to transform into a diverse mobility provider but the focus of Hackett's message at CES was largely philosophical.... Robotic cars - at least for the first decade of existence on public roads - don't necessarily need to be used exclusively to transport people.

Ford says to think of it like "a box of Legos" with pieces that can be quickly taken apart and reassembled to build new types of assets and products to better serve city residents.

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