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Electric Truck Maker Rivian Selects Amazon Web Services as its Preferred Cloud Provider

Electric Truck Maker Rivian Selects Amazon Web Services as its Preferred Cloud Provider

Author: FutureCar Staff    

In the near future, vehicles will become internet connected devices, running software that can be upgraded over the air to improve performance, add new features, diagnose potential problems and run machine learning algorithms to support advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. 

To support the communication between vehicles and the cloud requires an ecosystem of IT infrastructure and compute resources, so companies around the world are turning to Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) as their preferred cloud provider to deliver connected services, facilitate over-the-air software updates, and manage fleets of connected vehicles. 

The latest company to sign on is electric truck maker Rivian, which comes as no surprise since Amazon is a backer of the company.

AWS announced on Thursday that it will be Rivian's preferred cloud provider, which will further expand its existing relationship with ecommerce giant Amazon, which also is its biggest customer. Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from Rivian to add to its fleet.

Rivian will use AWS for data analytics, compute power, containers, and machine learning. The data managed by AWS will help Rivian to continually improve its electric vehicles. AWS will also power Rivian's software-defined electric vehicle architecture and over-the-air software updates to improve the performance of its vehicles.

"At Rivian, we have created a software-defined vehicle architecture with a technology foundation that powers advanced features such as deep over-the-air software updates to deliver continuous improvements to the vehicles, and the collection of a rich set of real-time vehicle data," said Wassym Bensaid, Rivian's Vice President of Software Development. "By leveraging AWS, and building a central data lake to interconnect Rivian's operations, products, and services, we can enable proactive diagnostics and add intelligence to our vehicles, and then use what we learn to generate synergies and scale efficiencies."

Rivian's software-based vehicle architecture treats the entire vehicle as a single system that's connected to the cloud to allow for remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, and rapid testing and deployment of new software, which can be downloaded over-the-air.

Rivian will use Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) to manage software updates and Amazon CloudFront content delivery network service to allow deployment of updates to Rivian's entire fleet of vehicles. Kubernetes is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of computer applications. It was originally designed by Google.

Rivian plans to continuously improve features including infotainment options and fleet management resources over the lifetime of its vehicles and will rely heavily on AWS in the future. 

Rivian's Battery Data Science Team also uses AWS Managed Services for its analytics capabilities in order to gain insights from its research, development, and vehicle test fleet.

 "AWS's broad and deep portfolio of services helps Rivian use data and connectivity as strategic differentiators in the auto industry. Our analytics, machine learning, containers, and customer service capabilities support Rivian's business model and will help it scale and continuously improve the customer experience as more and more individuals and organizations go electric," said Werner Vogels, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Amazon.com, Inc. "Powered by the world's leading cloud, Rivian is reimagining vehicle ownership, operation, and service to usher in a new experience of efficient and enjoyable electric SUVs, trucks, and vans that delight its customers."

Rivian has already built a data lake (a centralized repository to store all of the company's data) on Amazon's Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and uses AWS Glue, a data integration service that prepares the raw data stored in the lake for analytics and machine learning applications. 

In addition, Rivian uses AWS to manage all of its design, production, distribution, sales, and vehicle servicing internally. AWS will essentially support the company's entire operations.

AWS has been continually expanding its service offerings to support almost all demanding cloud workloads, with more than 200 services available for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 

Rivian launched its highly anticipated IPO last month and is slowly ramping up production of its first EV, the R1T pickup. Rivian's high-profile IPO raised nearly $12 billion from investors, briefly pushing the company's market cap to over $100 billion, making its more valuable than automakers General Motors and Ford Motor Co. Rivian's current market cap is over $94 billion.

As Rivian expands, AWS will become a powerful partner as the auto industry moves towards electrification and software defined vehicles with cloud connectivity and lifetime software updates.

FutureCar Staff
FutureCar Staff
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