Car manufacturers are getting smart, focusing beyond the industry of building cars, and it’s great news! Ford is acknowledging that there’s a demand for infrastructure for various modes of transportation, and that they need to communicate and work together.
From Marcy Klevorn, Ford Executive Vice President and President, Mobility:
Optimizing at this system level requires the components in the transporttion ecosystem be able to communicate — to speak the same language. That’s where technology like cellular vehicle-to-everything can play an important role. C-V2X capability, which we’re working to validate with our partners at Qualcomm, enables various technologies and applications in a city — vehicles, stoplights, signs, cyclists and pedestrian devices — to speak to to each other and share information.
- During a keynote speech at CES this week, Ford CEO Jim Hackett announced the automaker will work with Silicon Valley-based Autonomic to develop an open, cloud-based mobility service platform dubbed the “Transportation Mobility Cloud.”
- The main objective of the cloud is to enable “transportation modes” in cities — including personal vehicles, ride-share services, bike-sharing networks, delivery services, buses and trains — to share information and streamline services more efficiently. The key to this information sharing will be cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, which will allow “vehicles, stoplights, signs, cyclists and pedestrian devices” to communicate quickly and securely.