Ford has announced that it is teaming up with software company Pivotal, in order to access its innovative software team to enhance the automaker’s connected vehicle experience for customers.
This three-year strategic collaboration with Pivotal is dedicated to accelerating the digital transformation for enterprises and boosts the automaker’s development of mobile and user experiences.
The collaboration complements Ford’s Smart Mobility and will leverage the company’s recently introduced SYNC Connect technology that provides remote access to vehicle features via a smartphone app.
Marcy Klevorn, Ford vice president and chief information officer said of the collaboration that:
“As we grow to become both an automaker and a mobility company, having leading software development expertise is critical to delivering at the speed consumers expect. Customers today are used to frequent software updates on their mobile devices, and expect them with all technology. This collaboration with Pivotal allows for quicker vehicle software updates and an even better user experience for Ford customers.”
“Typically, it took Ford months to develop software,” said Bill Cook, Pivotal president and chief operating officer. “At the outset of working with Pivotal, Ford engineers started producing compelling software in a matter of weeks. Since mastering Pivotal Labs’ cutting-edge, agile software development methodologies, Ford now is operating at start-up speeds – able to create software in mere days.”
Ford plans to build a component of its new connected vehicle platform on top of Pivotal Cloud Foundry and is also leveraging Pivotal Big Data Suite to analyze data in real-time and over longer periods, to develop software-powered applications.