Automotive Privacy, Safety and Mapping Are Focus of FastPitch Finalists | Edmunds

Automotive Privacy, Safety and Mapping Are Focus of FastPitch Finalists


Just the Facts:
  • The eight finalists in the FastPitch contest are focusing on such issues as automotive privacy, safety and mapping, organizers said on Tuesday.
  • The contest is being held in conjunction with the Connected Car Expo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
  • An 11-year-old girl who created a mobile app designed to cut distracted driving is one of the finalists.

LOS ANGELES — The eight finalists in the FastPitch contest are focusing on such issues as automotive privacy, safety and mapping, organizers said on Tuesday.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the Connected Car Expo at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The judges include Philip Potloff, executive vice president and CIO at Edmunds. The winners will be announced on November 19 with the help of Robert Herjavec of ABC's Shark Tank. The 1st-place winner will be awarded a $40,000 Splunk Start Program Enterprise License.

Each FastPitch entrant was challenged to solve a current roadblock affecting the automotive landscape, organizers said.

An 11-year-old girl who created a mobile app designed to cut distracted driving is one of the finalists. Victoria Walker created RodeDog, a mobile app that "barks" at users who attempt to unlock their mobile device on the road. RodeDog recently won the AT&T "It Can Wait" Hackathon competition.

Finalist Estify aims to streamline the auto collision industry with the use of cloud-based services. The proposed system uses three platforms to simplify the collision repair process.

Green Driver's EnLighten app uses real-time traffic light information and existing infrastructure to improve safety at intersections, increase in-city fuel economy and reduce driver stress, while enhancing convenience.

The USC Marshall School Gaugify app offers a variety of LCD cluster skins for drivers who prefer customization to maximize visual organization. The proposed cluster skins include in-house designs as well as collaborations with popular brands such as Gucci or Hello Kitty to help create the perfect aesthetic for each driver.

With the AUTOcyb, Airmika Inc. aims to ease the privacy and consumer protection concerns of motorists driving connected, electronics-intensive vehicles. It is described as "a simple device that the driver controls" to safeguard access to automotive black box in-vehicle electronics networks.

The Tosh Electric & Construction Electronic Flare System and Apparatus, an electronic LED flare, is another finalist. The flare uses a sensor-based device that will deploy when a vehicle is involved in an accident or detects a power failure.

USC Stevens ClearPath is designed to help drivers identify the fastest path at any given time. It is slated to run on all major smartphones.

Trucker Path, another finalist, is a logistical assistant app geared toward professional truck drivers. It provides weigh station and truck stop information, among other things.

Edmunds says: Congratulations to everyone who made it to the FastPitch finals.

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