Recorded Version of Sept. 25th, 2014 Google Hangout

Did you miss Ford’s Google Hangout QA? Have no fear! You can watch the recorded version with  Venkatesh Prasad, Senior Technical Leader, Open Innovation at Ford below.

Monsoons in Mumbai at a glance

Not quite sure how monsoons really affect the people of Mumbai? Here are some points to consider:

  • Monsoons in Mumbai normally lasts between June to September.
  • Heavy rains lash Mumbai for days consecutively with no respite.
  • Normally, roads and rail tracks are flooded. Many parts of the city and suburbs are water-logged, hampering the smooth movement of vehicles.
  • Traffic moves at snail’s pace, even on state highways.
  • Local rail traffic is suspended in some areas due to flooding of tracks.

 Still want more? Check out these images and video of the 2014 Mumbai monsoon season so far.

APIs & Data

Although no specific API or data integration is required, your app must focus on improving mobility during the monsoon season by submitting apps that leverage vehicles (e.g., wiper blade status, types of transportation, etc.).

Here are a few APIs, datasets, and studies you might find useful:

SYNC® AppLink™

SYNC AppLink is a suite of APIs that provides the capability for mobile developers to AppLink enable their mobile applications. Developers have the ability to extend the command and control of the mobile application’s features to the vehicle occupants in a responsible, non-distracting way through the use of familiar in-vehicle Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) such as SYNC Voice Command, Steering wheel and radio buttons.

The applications run on the mobile device without the need to install any third party software on the vehicle head unit. The AppLink APIs exchange program data as well as command and control information over a known transport layer allowing SYNC to exchange messages with an AppLink enabled application in a pre-determined format. This technology is similar to how Bluetooth phones and digital media are integrated and used on the SYNC production platform.

Learn more at the Ford Developer Site: 


OpenXC is an API to your car that offers drivers more insight into how their cars run. Using the OpenXC platform, you can access the OpenXC data and start making vehicle-aware applications even if you don’t have a Ford or even a car.

Using the OpenXC vehicle interface you can read vehicle data real-time — like the steering wheel angle, GPS position, and vehicle speed. Currently, OpenXC supports over a dozen different measurements on a growing list of Ford vehicles. To get started review the OpenXC site to get access to OpenXC-formatted vehicle data, important documentation, and OpenXC FAQs.

Resources for Native Android Apps. For Android app development, make sure you check out theAndroid Library Setup and App Tutorial pages on the OpenXC site.

Please note that if you want to use OpenXC to interact directly with a Ford vehicle, you’ll need to download the closed source CAN translator firmware directly from Ford and sign a developer agreement.

Resources for Web Apps. For web app integration, you can use replayed trace data from previously recorded drives. You can find several driving datasets on the OpenXC site. 

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Smart Wiper

The Smart Wiper project provides a simple way for collecting data on rain frequency and/or intensity. A 3D printed enclosure or 'box' houses an inertial measurement unit that can be attached to the windshield wiper. The device monitors the change in acceleration of the windshield wiper and use that as a surrogate for rain detection and intensity. The Smart Wiper box can be attached to any (Ford or non-Ford) vehicle’s windshield wiper and all you need is the box and your phone to start collecting rain data.


Non-distracting In-Vehicle Interfaces

To be eligible, all submitted apps must conform to In-Vehicle Approval Criteria from Ford for safe and non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces, if the intent is to use the app while driving. For more information, see the national generally accepted principles for in-vehicle interfaces.


Bug Labs Real-Time Messaging and Visualization Tools

Get your OpenXC-equipped Ford sharing data on the Internet in minutes!  Challenge participants have the opportunity to use the dweet™ real-time messaging service and freeboard™ dashboard/visualization platform, free of charge, to easily develop innovative mobile and desktop applications. Both products come with complete documentation, sample code and tutorials!


More Questions?

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