Recap: Connected Car Hackathon in LA
On November 14th & 15th we partnered with the LA Auto Show, Bosch, and Mojio to challenge 118 developers to create mobile apps and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions focused on connected car. Hackathon participants received free passes to the LA Auto Show Connected Car Expo and the chance to sign up for a free Mojio device to continue developing with the device post event.
Before we get to the apps, I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank Rhubarb Studios for hosting the event in their awesome downtown LA location along with IBM, Microsoft, Plantronics, CodingHouse, and Traction Labs for sponsoring the event and providing developers with access to some great hardware and tools for coding.
One of the most unique solutions created at the hackathon was Elio Ride, an app created to provide driving services using vehicles from Elio motors to reduce the waste of driving oversized vehicles. This both reduces the cost to the customer and minimizes the carbon footprint of the service.
Another interesting app was Don’t Panic, an app that allows parents to track the driving habits of their teenage children. The app provides warnings to the driver of dangerous behavior and in cases where the warning is ignored or has been triggered multiple times it notifies the parent of the issue. It also allows the parent to communicate via audio with the driver who can respond using a Bluetooth headset.
Team Safe Citizen pitching its connected car app solution.
Here are the hackathon winners:
- 1st Place Best Connected Car App Overall – PipCar
- 2nd Place Best Connected Car App Overall – Drive Quality
- 3rd Place Best Connected Car App Overall – Driving Buddy
- Best Auto Safety App – Driving Buddy
- Best Use of IBM Bluemix – PipCar
- Best Use of Plantronics – Don’t Panic, PipCar, Driving Buddy and K-Car
Check below to find out about all the apps created at the hackathon:
Drive Quality – “Drive quality is often more important than speed, but how do you quantify it? The Drive Quality service crowd sources multi-axis vehicle acceleration data to build a comprehensive picture of road conditions, and alerts relevant parties upon an accident. Audio annotations clarify the nature of road hazards. Drivers use this information to make intelligent route selections, and allows municipalities to best deploy their limited road repair resources.”
Pipcar – “Pipcar is an application platform for timely and accurate first response services in emergency situations. The platform consists of three apps: A car companion app for the driver with Mojio as the focus; a communication app for the first response officer; and a central command windows app for dispatchers. In normal driving mode, the car companion app warns the driver about reckless driving. When an officer/dispatcher creates an emergency event in a region, all car companion apps in the region will enter emergency mode. Users can request for help using Mojio car data (lat/long, fuel/battery status) attached, communicate with nearby officers, and send text messages with their location to their emergency contacts. Nearby officers can view cars in the area on their map and can send commands/announcements to the cars using a Plantronics headset/Myo Armband. Central Dispatchers using their Windows app can view live status of vehicles, and perform Watson Tradeoff analytics to decide which vehicles to assist first.”
Safe Citizen – “Safe Citizen is an app that lets you be a Safe Driver & Good Samaritan. When an accident occurs, the Safe Citizen app will automatically take video and lets you have it for reporting to authorities and insurance. Alerts & Notifies feature informs your emergency contacts, and directly connects you to 911 and first responders. In addition, you can volunteer by being the reporter & witness to accidents that may occur in front of you or within your local proximity to assist. Safe Citizen rewards you and lets you be a safe driver and Good Samaritan.”
Kids Day LA – “Single dads and grandparents need suggestions about what to do when it’s their day with the kids. This app consolidates Bing search results by category and area to help facilitate a day of happy memories for all.”
Ping – “A common unsafe driving practice is to text someone to let them know you’re on the way or about to arrive at their location. Ping does that for you so you can focus on driving.”
DrivingBuddy – “Many ’driving safety‘ app requires you to bring up the app before/during/after every trip. It’s impractical. Just install our app that continues to run in the background and keep you safe all day, everyday.”
Better Driver – “Our app records driver behavior over time and processes it to allow the drive to see driving patterns on metrics they may wish to improve such as mpg, aggressive driving behavior, and accelerations.”
Drafe – “In case you get into an accident, how does the EMS know how to call your mom? Drafe comes to the rescue! It tracks the user information using Mojio, and in case a driver gets into an accident, it sends a text message to a previously selected phone number with your location. You don’t have Mojio installed on your car? No Problem! Drafe also works with Android phones. It is very smart and tracks your movements using the phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope. In case you get into an accident, a countdown shows up on your screen, and if within the given time you do not click “I’m ok,” it sends a text message to a previously chosen contact with your location. In addition, after the countdown ends it displays information about you: name, blood type, and the phone number of a loved one the EMS should call to let them know your condition and location. ”
Elio Ride – “Elio Ride is a ridesharing app for the autocycle market”
Don’t Panic – “Don’t Panic is an app created for parents who want to passively monitor their kid’s driving that also encourages them to be safer and more aware on the road.”
Dude Where’s My… – “”Dude Where’s My…?” is a multipurpose vehicle tracking app.”
SmoothRide – “A steering wheel gyroscopic monitoring system.”
Door Control Cloud – “A visual alert on your phone about a door being open would be very useful to see from wherever you are located. Whether you’re away or at home, there are many uses for such a tool. You could simply keep an eye on people arriving, or be aware of those who should not be there.”
Project Wired – “Project Wired allows mobile field agents to keep track of work assignments.”
Car Garage – “Social networking for cars, which makes safe driving a competitive activity.”
K-Car– “Affordable K-onnected Car Tool Kit”
FuelTime – “FuelTime is a passive iPhone app that lives in the background and constantly keeps track of the current gas level of the user’s car(s). When the gas level hits predefined points, the app pushes a notification alerting the user of the low fuel level with the option to get directions to the nearest gas station from the lock screen. The app also analizes historical and current gas price data to preemptively suggest a fill up.”