Amazon Web Services launched a new cloud-based data system designed to help automakers remotely diagnose vehicle issues to prevent recalls, improve safety, and manage related data.
The company rolled out AWS IoT FleetWise, the latest tool in its newly branded AWS for Automotive portfolio of products and services for the transportation industry, at Amazon.com's annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas.
FleetWise enables customers, including auto suppliers and transportation providers such as Lyft and Uber, to collect, organize and transfer vehicle data to the cloud. The tool standardizes different data formats to simplify data analysis, reports Mike Tzamaloukas, general manager of AWS for Automotive.
"As vehicles become more intelligent and advanced, the sheer amount of data produced from vehicles equipped with cameras, lidars and radars is growing exponentially,” Tzamaloukas said.
Amazon developed FleetWise to give customers easy “access to fragmented data across the different fleet models and vehicle types,” he said.
FleetWise compliments data-driven services offered by automakers, including General Motors Co's OnStar and Ford Motor Co's Ford Pro Intelligence, he said.
The new service joins a range of in-vehicle and cloud-to-vehicle offerings from AWS for Automotive and 185 business partners, according to Dean Phillips, worldwide tech leader for the business unit.
“We’re trying to make it simpler and easier for our customers to discover solutions to their problems," he said, citing self-driving cars to "digital customer engagement” that includes streamed services.
The AWS portfolio includes cloud-based computing, data storage, analytics and application development.
Amazon’s AWS unit continues to grow.
In 2020, AWS reported operating profit of $13.5 billion on sales of $45.4 billion, up 47% and 30% respectively from 2019. Through the first nine months of 2021, AWS' growth remained robust: $13.2 billion in operating profit on $44.4 billion in sales, nearly matching its full-year 2020 results.
Synergy Research Group reports over 60% of the $45 billion in enterprise cloud services spending in the third quarter went to three large tech companies: Alphabet Inc's Google, at 10%; Microsoft, with 20%, and AWS with 33%.