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Personal Fuel-Efficiency Recognition Award

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About the Challenge

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Ford Motor Company is challenging developers to create innovative apps with the OpenXC platform that will help drivers easily access their personal fuel-economy performance data. Using OpenXC data and on-road personalized experiences, customers can share, compare and learn how to optimize their fuel usage.

OpenXC is an open source software and hardware platform created to pull data from a vehicle and use it like any other data source in a smartphone, tablet or Web application. Think of it as an application programming interface (API) to your car.

Don’t have a car or don’t drive a Ford? No problem. Using the OpenXC platform, you don’t need a Ford or a car to write and test an app! With just a computer and a network connection, you can access the required OpenXC data and start making vehicle-aware applications.

Apps must be functioning Web or Android native apps that use data provided by the OpenXC platform and must conform to In-Vehicle Approval Criteria from Ford for safe and nondistracting in-vehicle interfaces (if the intent is to use the app while driving).

Click “Register” for submission requirements and eligibility details.

Have a great idea for a fuel-efficiency app you'd like to use? Enter your idea in the Ford Personalized Fuel-Efficiency Ideas Challenge.

Prizes

Best Overall App - Grand Prize

$25,000

Best Overall App - Second Prize

$15,000

Best Overall App - Third Prize

$5,000

Honorable Mention (3)

$1,000

Popular Choice

$1,000

Personal Fuel-Efficiency Recognition Award

Non-cash, recognition only for large organization submitters

Judges

Paul Mascarenas

Paul Mascarenas

Chief Technical Officer and Vice President, Ford Research and Innovation

Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad

Ford Senior Technical lead, Open Innovation

Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch

CEO, TechShop

Jim Farley

Jim Farley

Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford

Nizar Trigui

Nizar Trigui

Global Chief Engineer for Vehicle Energy Management, Ford

Rahul Sood

Rahul Sood

General Manager and Partner, Microsoft Ventures

Wolfgang Warnecke

Wolfgang Warnecke

Chief Scientist for Mobility, Shell

Frederic Lardinois

Frederic Lardinois

Writer, TechCrunch

Tim Stevens

Tim Stevens

Former Editor-in-Chief, Engadget

Judging Criteria

Use of Vehicle Data

Submissions will be evaluated for their depth of use of vehicle data. Strong submissions will include fusion of multiple data types, novel algorithms and data aggregation techniques.

User Interface Design

Strong submissions will go beyond basic visualizations of data streams and provide user interfaces tailored to assist users in changing their behavior.

Viability

Strong submissions will stress automated data capture and analysis vs. self-reporting and minimize the amount of additional infrastructure required, lowering the barrier to entry for users.

How to Enter

  1. Create a ChallengePost account and click “Register” to sign up for the challenge.
  2. Review the OpenXC site to get access to OpenXC-formatted vehicle data, important documentation, and OpenXC FAQs.
  3. Create your personal fuel-efficiency Web or native Android app using the OpenXC platform.
  4. If you submit a Web app, provide a URL where we can access your app for testing and judging purposes. If you submit a native Android app, upload your .apk file for testing and judging.
  5. Confirm you have read and agree to the Official Rules. Submit your app by completing the submission form with: a way to access your app (URL or .apk file), screenshots of your working app, and a video (YouTube or Vimeo) demonstrating your working app.