FastPitch Contest Seeks To Make Life in the Car Easier, as Deadline Approaches


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    The entry deadline for the FastPitch contest is fast approaching. | September 23, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The Connected Car Expo's FastPitch contest seeks to make life in the car easier for consumers, as the September 30 entry deadline looms.
  • "I think of it as Car 2.0," said Doug Newcomb, Connected Car Expo's program chair. "It solves a problem we didn't know we had."
  • Participants can tackle any current issue affecting the auto industry, including automotive data, mapping, emissions, environmental issues, in-car apps, in-car entertainment, parking and telematics.

LOS ANGELES — The Connected Car Expo's FastPitch contest seeks to make life in the car easier for consumers, as the September 30 entry deadline looms. The contest is part of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

"I think of it as Car 2.0," said Doug Newcomb, Connected Car Expo's program chair. "It solves a problem we didn't know we had. Participants should think of app development on the smartphone for inspiration. Ideas like the 'food tracker.' We're looking for things we never thought of before."

Participants can tackle any current issue affecting the auto industry, including automotive data, mapping, emissions, environmental issues, in-car apps, in-car entertainment, parking and telematics.

Newcomb offered participants some suggestions as they refine their ideas.

"This is the bottom line," he said. "Make my life easier in the car. If my car tire is flat at 2 p.m., wouldn't it be better to know it at 2 p.m. rather than when I walk out of work at five? The point is, is there some way to link the tire-pressure monitoring system in the car to a smartphone? We're looking for ideas along these lines."

Newcomb says he is convinced that the "next generation of consumer-facing technology is going to come from inside the car because automakers are starting to open the dashboard a bit more" to outside developers.

The competition is organized to showcase inventors defining new mobility while connecting them to the auto industry's top decision makers.

One of the competition's judges is Philip Potloff, executive vice president and CIO at Edmunds.com.

"For a company like Edmunds to recognize this need for consumer-friendly technology and to be involved in the contest is a good move," Newcomb said. "It's also smart for the L.A. auto show to bring this in."

Eight semifinalists will be announced on October 16. The 1st-place winner will be awarded a Splunk Start Program Enterprise License.

Edmunds says: The idea for FastPitch needs to be simple — and brilliant.

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