Nov 30 (Reuters) - Amazon Web Services has launched a new
cloud-based data service that could help automakers remotely
diagnose issues in their vehicles to prevent recalls and improve
safety, as well as manage related data, the company told
Called AWS IoT FleetWise, the latest tool in the companys
newly branded AWS for Automotive portfolio of products and
services for the transportation industry is being rolled out on
Tuesday at Amazon.com Incs annual re:Invent conference
in Las Vegas.
FleetWise enables customers, including auto suppliers and
transportation providers, to collect, organize and transfer
vehicle data to the cloud, while standardizing different data
formats to simplify data analysis, according to 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 in
an interview. FleetWise was developed to allow customers to
easily access fragmented data across the different fleet models
and vehicle types, he added.
FleetWise also was designed to complement data-driven
services offered by automakers, including General Motors Cos
OnStar and Ford Motor Cos Ford Pro Intelligence,
The new service joins a broad 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.
With a greater focus on the industrys growing shift to
software-defined vehicles and systems, were trying to make it
simpler and easier for our customers to discover solutions to
their problems, he said, citing development of self-driving
cars and digital customer engagement, including streamed
The AWS portfolio includes cloud-based computing, data
storage, analytics and application development.
While Amazon does not break out the value of its automotive
cloud services business, the companys AWS unit continues to
In 2020, AWS reported operating profit of $13.5 billion on
sales of $45.4 billion, up 47% and 30% respectively from the
previous year. Through the first nine months of 2021, despite
the ongoing pandemic and global supply-chain disruptions, AWSs
growth was even more robust: $13.2 billion in operating profit
on $44.4 billion in sales, nearly matching its full-year results
According to Synergy Research Group, more than 60% of the
$45 billion in enterprise cloud services spending in the third
quarter was funneled to three large tech companies: Alphabet
Incs Google, with 10%, Microsoft Corp with
20%, and AWS with 33%.
On Tuesday, AWS, one of the biggest buyers of data center
processors, also introduced new custom computing chips aimed at
helping its customers beat the cost of using chips from Intel
Corp and Nvidia Corp.
(Reporting by Paul Lienert and Ben Klayman in Detroit
Editing by Dan Grebler and Matthew Lewis)