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Rivian Taps AWS as ‘Preferred’ Cloud Provider

SEATTLE — The electric vehicle maker Rivian selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its “preferred” cloud provider.

The agreement between Rivian and AWS is intended to drive efficiency, performance, and refinement of Rivian’s electric vehicles and deepen their existing relationship, according to AWS last month.

Rivian applies AWS capabilities in analytics, compute, containers, and machine learning (ML) to help streamline its business and improve the performance of its electric vehicles — for battery range, driving experience, and owner experience — and the technological foundations for fleet management and more efficient vehicle charging. 

Rivian incorporates the innovations across its vehicle lines, including custom-built electric delivery vans (EDVs) for Amazon.com. 

AWS powers Rivian’s software-defined vehicle (SDV) architecture and over-the-air software updates. SDV architecture treats the entire vehicle as a single, fully integrated system that is connected to the cloud to allow for remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance, and rapid testing and deployment of software-based capabilities. 

Rivian uses Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) to manage and orchestrate software updates and Amazon CloudFront, AWS’s content delivery network service, for deployment of updates at scale. 

Rivian plans to continuously improve features like infotainment options and fleet management resources over the lifetime of its vehicles.

The battery data science team at Rivian uses AWS Managed Services to scale its analytics capabilities and gain insights from its research, development, and vehicle test fleet.

The electric vehicle maker uses AWS analytics, database, storage, and security capabilities to enhance “visibility and agility” throughout its vertically integrated business model, under which the company internally manages design, production, distribution, sales, and vehicle servicing. 

Rivian also built a data lake on Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and uses AWS Glue, a serverless data integration service, so teams can share data and gain insights for structural cost and operational advantages.

“AWS’s broad and deep portfolio of services helps Rivian use data and connectivity as strategic differentiators in the auto industry,” said Werner Vogels, VP and CTO of Amazon.com, Inc.

“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.”

Wassym Bensaid, VP of software development at Rivian, said, “combining our vision with AWS’s breadth and depth of services allows us to use data and connectivity to redefine what is possible in transportation, logistics, and delivery.” 

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