Published: July 17, 2014 | United States
Ford announced an ‘Innovative Mobility Challenge Series’, wherein developers and makers are invited to develop region-specific solutions for 8 selected regions around the world. The regions include Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, India; Lisbon, Portugal; Los Angeles, United States; Johannesburg, South Africa; Shanghai, China; and Argentina.
For each competition, Ford will partner with local authorities and experts to address different issues in each location. The competitions will be judged by a panel of Ford executives involved in researching mobility solutions, as well as by local experts selected for each competition. Ford will provide all the relevant regional information to developers worldwide through its globally accessible, open source platform – OpenXC.
Ford’s OpenXC program is a non-production, open-source, software and hardware platform designed to encourage top developers to experiment with Do-It-Yourself projects using real-time vehicle data. Developers can use OpenXC data like any other data source in a smartphone, tablet or web app. The Innovate Mobility Challenge Series encourages developers to integrate this real-time vehicle information into apps that relate to sustainability and mobility issues, whether by incorporating the data into existing apps or creating new apps from scratch.
More than 15 types of vehicle data are provided such as vehicle speed, engine speed, fuel consumption, etc. The integration of vehicle data with other relevant data will aide participants to address the shortcomings of the given regions. These challenges are designed to encourage developers to integrate real time vehicle information into smartphone apps to solve mobility issues.
There are 8 different challenges thrown in at developers. Each challenge is specific to a region.
Lisbon, Portugal: Different sized cities utilize different mobility infrastructure. Ford’s City Mobility Challenge in Lisbon encourages developers to optimize the delivery of goods and services in a sustainable way for cities, specifically targeting those with less than 600,000 people. The submission period will run from July 15 to October 14, with the winners announced in November.
Mumbai, India: With a months-long monsoon season that can leave transportation infrastructure crippled – including flooded, impassable roads and the suspension of the city’s commuter rail system – the Monsoon App Downpour Challenge will focus on leveraging vehicles and information to improve mobility during inclement weather. Mumbai’s submission period will run from July 15 to October 14, with the winners announced in November.
Los Angeles, United States: The Parking Lots 2.0 Challenge will take parking into the 21st century by rethinking and repurposing outdoor surface parking lots to increase their variety of uses, and aesthetic value, while still ensuring access to parking. The LA submission period will run from July 15 to October 14, with the winners announced in November.
Delhi, India: The SUMURR Golden Hour Challenge will invite developers to create software applications leveraging information to decrease the time to get to care and increase information available for care to improve health outcomes within the critical “Golden Hour” after a traumatic incident. The submission period will run from July 30 to October 30.
Chennai region, India: The SUMURR mHealth Challenge will focus on leveraging information to extend health services for remote rural regions accessible from Chennai. The submission period will run from July 30 to October 30.
Shanghai, China: As the world becomes more urban and populated, finding traffic-busting solutions to increase traffic efficiency will only become more important. Fitting for one of China’s largest and most crowded cities, the Urban Commuter Challenge calls on developers to find ways to improve quality of life through apps that help improve mobility choices and overcome traffic congestion. The submission period will run from August 14 to November 14.
Johannesburg, South Africa: The Johannesburg challenge focuses innovation on adding value to the vehicle through the creation of accessories for vehicles, especially commercial vehicles, in the largest city in South Africa. The submission period will begin on August 14, with more details to follow.
Countrywide, Argentina: The Future of Mobility Contest will challenge college students and entrepreneurs to submit ideas for projects that will help mitigate traffic congestion and improve overall mobility in Argentina, particularly relating to aspects like urban planning, intelligent infrastructure and new models for public and private mobility. The contest will run from July 18 through August 29, with contest finalists evaluated and winners identified in November.