TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year, with startups, developers and influential tech speakers coming together to learn, collaborate and compete. At this year’s event, Chevrolet will offer developers the opportunity to create apps that may influence the evolution of the driving experience.
Twenty-six teams took on the challenge to create in-vehicle or remote applications using the intuitive Chevrolet APIs (application programming interface) and SDK (software development kit). Fueled by free pizza, energy drinks and the promise of a $2,500 cash prize, the teams had just 24 hours to concept and code an entirely new automotive application.
Once their creations were coded and turned in, the sleep-deprived developers were given 60 seconds to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, as well as the assembled crowd. Proposals ranged from an app that uses a brain wave sensor headband to wake you up if you get drowsy, to a black box app that turns on a video camera when it detects sudden braking to record a possible collision.
Chevrolet chose two winning teams and awarded them $2,500 each. The winners were Sodr, an app created by Ricky Chu which uses friendly competition to foster safer, more fuel-efficient driving; and SyncTravel, a road trip app designed by Raj Desikavinayagompillai and Sumeet Rohatgi, that lets you know if your friends’ vehicles have left the agreed-upon route and displays their positions on your smartphone.
“These winning teams made owning a car more fun and more interesting” said Jeremy Tanner, a Chevrolet software engineer who was on site during the event. “These apps connect you to your friends: One, by helping you caravan with them on the road; the other, by competing with them to drive more responsibly and get better gas mileage.”
Check out the video below to see how it all went down.
Continuing a commitment to ingenuity, Chevrolet is looking forward to upcoming innovations such as the 2014 launch of 4G LTE connectivity on select vehicles.(software development kit). Fueled by free pizza, energy drinks and the promise of a $2,500 cash prize, the teams had just 24 hours to concept and code an entirely new automotive application.
We’re always thinking about the future, while ensuring that our current technologies exceed the needs and expectations of Chevy drivers. From the entertainment features of the Chevrolet MyLink† infotainment platform to the revolutionary OnStar® vehicle response system available on most Chevrolet vehicles, Chevrolet has been at the forefront of innovations to make driving simpler, safer and more connected.
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**The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Destination freight charge is $995 for 2014 Tahoe, 2014 SS, 2014 Corvette Coupe and 2014 Corvette Convertible.