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BMW and Amazon partner up to develop new cloud technologies for vehicle data

According to a recent announcement, BMW Group will be the first automaker to use Amazon Web Services cloud software. The AWS software will be included in BMW’s future lineup of electric vehicles as part of its “Neue Klasse” platform.

Nicolai Krämer, Vice President of Vehicle Connectivity platforms at the BMW Group, said the platform will “process roughly triple the volume of vehicle data compared to the current generation of BMW models.” BMW says it has roughly 20 million connected vehicles already on the road today.

Amazon has hinted at future plans to market its software platform to other car companies. The company says the AWS cloud platform can easily manage large vehicle fleets, improve maintenance and repair processes, and enable automakers to deliver “advanced vehicle features and more personalized driver experiences at lower costs.”

The online retail giant has also claimed that its cloud platform is more secure than offerings from its competitors and has said it will be impervious to hacking and cybersecurity breaches.

“Only the BMW Group’s internal domain experts – vehicle application developers, fleet managers, data scientists, and artificial intelligence, business intelligence, and development engineers – gain access to the data via a self-service mechanism that gathers streaming vehicle data, easily adds new data sources, configures access in accordance with governance policies, and monitors the quality and health of streaming sources,” read a release from the companies.

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