Ford has initiated the Ford Innovate Mobility challenge in July 2014 with aim to find out solution to local critical problems related to that region and then integrating it with their cars as apps. The winners for this series have been announced on 8th January 2015. Innovate mobility challenge series is an important part of the company’s Smart Mobility plan announced at CES 2015 by Ford CEO and President.
The winners have been announced for challenges for Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. These challenger were to decrease time taken by medical assistance to reach at some traumatic incident in Delhi, to improve transportation in Mumbai during monsoon by providing real time traffic data and to provide health care solutions in villages of Tamil Nadu where mobility is a challenge. On global level, there are 11 such challenges which include reducing traffic congestion in heavily populated cities of China and improving goods delivery in Portugal.
Mumbai Monsoon Helper app developed by Khyati Majmudar from India has been selected as the winning app for Mumbai challenge. It features real time weather information, weather forecasts, information on flooding and crowd sourced data on flooding conditions. It will help commuters decide their commute in a more informed manner.
Flare app developed by Utsav Shah has been selected as winning entry for Delhi challenge. The app gives an opportunity for volunteers in the community to help others in times of need, while simultaneously working with Delhi authorities to improve medical outcomes.
Tamil Nadu India
Solutions for Community Health Workers app, developed by Tristram Norman from the United Kingdom has been selected as best entry for Tamil Nadu. Their apps connects healthcare workers to patient medical records with a fingerprint – enabling more informed decision making and improving medical outcomes.
Ford’s Innovate Mobility Challenge series has already received more than 400 submissions from around the world. In 2015, Ford will continue with its approach to improve mobility with the help of technology and innovation.