Appy days for Ford engineers

Ford’s global community has come up with a wide range of smart app concepts as part of a 24-hour challenge hosted by the company’s Connected Vehicle and Services team.

The apps were developed against the clock for the first Ford SYNC AppLink Mobility Challenge. Among the ideas presented were apps to avoid parking fines, make money from your car while it’s parked at an airport, and fuel up without visiting a filling station.

Don Butler, Ford executive director, connected vehicle and services, said, ‘The creative ideas developed at the Ford SYNC AppLink Mobility Challenge in Berlin could enable people to go places, earn extra money, and get more out of their time behind the wheel with greater ease than ever before.

‘With innovative solutions for parking, car-sharing and other mobility services, the incredible range of new app ideas presented made it very hard to choose the winners.’

The new competition attracted 35 teams and 75 developers from 10 countries, with eight winners selected:

Autlo – automatically pays for parking without the driver needing to worry about parking tickets or potential fines.

BeeRides – enables car-owners to park at airports for free and rent out their cars with full insurance coverage to those arriving

Ellis Car – analyses automotive and road data and uses gaming elements to provide personalised recommendations to drivers to improve their driving skills and reduce their fuel consumption

Hal – delivers a single conference manager solution for drivers

Make My Day – makes running errands more efficient by providing the optimal route

POMP – delivers fuel to companies and individuals

Smart HitchHike – provides a ride-sharing service that connects drivers and hitch-hikers

Truckfly – locates empty trucks to help companies find the best carriers for their loads