Munich automaker BMW wants to expand its strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) expand. The goal is to create a cloud-based software solution that will simplify the distribution and management of data from millions of connected vehicles. The jointly developed solution collects vehicle signals and fleet data, processes them and transmits them securely in the cloud.
Other automakers are also strengthening their partnerships with cloud service providers. Mercedes-Benz has just announced a partnership with Microsoft. of Azure-Cloud should be used as a production data platform.
In the case of the BMW Group, automotive software developers, fleet managers and data scientists have self-service access to the data repository, which is constantly being expanded to include real-time vehicle data. In addition, new data sources should also be easy to add. This data can then AWS-Edit services. These include, for example, analytical tools, business intelligence, machine learning, as well as database and storage tools. This should enable BMW engineers to create new functions and programs for the car.
Those responsible for BMW ensure that customer data is processed in accordance with data protection laws and the customer’s wishes. Access to data can be configured according to the governance guidelines outlined earlier. In addition, the quality and condition of the streaming sources are constantly monitored.
“We have 20 million connected cars on the road today,” said Nicolai Kraemer, Vice President of Connected Vehicle Platforms at the BMW Group. With the introduction of the next generation of cars, the AWS made the cloud platform process off-board about three times the amount of vehicle data compared to the current generation of BMW models. Kramer’s goal is to create solutions that enable BMW to develop new data-driven functions and quickly make them available to customers around the world.
But the expectations of BMW and AWS– Those involved go further. Co-developed solutions are part of the AWS Automotive industry cloud. This offer will later also be available for other car manufacturers. The cloud provider promises that cloud automation will provide the technologies OEMs need to develop the next generation of software-centric platforms. Using software, they can easily integrate vehicle data sources, accelerate vehicle and fleet software development, and improve lifecycle management. BMW will be the first automaker to use software as the basis for a cloud-based vehicle data platform.
BMW has been working with AWS since the end of 2020. At the time, the car maker announced that it would transfer data and applications to more than 100 countries AWS-Move to the cloud – primarily IT systems and databases from sales, production and maintenance areas. Those involved at BMW decided to further develop their cloud data center as a central platform for managing data in the cloud. It should be made easy for employees to implement analytical applications and data.
It was also about improving transparency in the supply chain. In this way, the components should be able to be assigned specifically to the vehicle to fix defects more quickly or trace the origin of the material. BMW also wants to use vehicle data to gain deep insights to predict parts’ operating characteristics, make repair recommendations and alert suppliers to potential problems in their manufacturing processes.