Open Innovation: Paving the Path to New Possibilities for Cars
This experimental event demonstrated the possibilities of open innovation, where companies combine and share technologies with others for the purposes of further advancement. Participants used the Vehicle Data Visualizer, an open platform technology enabling cars to communicate with smartphones and wearable devices. Teams competed by developing innovative smartphone and web apps under the themes of fun, safety, and efficiency.
* Open innovation: A process in which companies disclose their technologies and combine with those from other companies to attain technological innovations.
* Vehicle Data Visualizer (open platform technology): A technology used to acquire vehicle signals was disclosed to all participants. Participants developed apps to acquire vehicle signals in real-time from Scion FR-S (86).
Developers used pre-recorded and real-time vehicle data. At the competition site, six Scion FR-S (Toyota 86) units were driven by professional drivers on a special test track.
GPS, MPG, and RPM data from cars driven by professionals was sent in real-time to the smartphone of the developer sitting in the passenger seat. Information was also sent via cloud to participants in the event hall, taking the development experience to the next level.
The competition began the morning of Saturday, December 6th. Each team worked quickly to meet strict deadlines. Development and testing of their software was done using the Scion FR-S vehicles at the event site. Like an endurance race, development continued through the night. The intense twenty-four hour competition concluded the following morning.
The grand prize winner, Eye in the Sky, is a close-follow vehicle companion drone equipped with cameras and able to autonomously follow and film the vehicle, providing video from an elevated perspective.
Experimenting with open innovation resulted in many novel and unique ideas. The exceptional apps were selected by theme categories such as fun and efficiency. The event opened the door to new possibilities for making vehicles more enjoyable, safe and, greener by using vehicle data.
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