Connected Car Innovator? We’ve Got a Challenge for You!

By December 24, 2017Automotive, Connected Cars

Connected Cars Are Changing the World

Connected cars are changing the world of mobility. Cars with Internet connection provide drivers and passengers with Wi-Fi access, rich infotainment, and online media content. A connected car not only receives information, it also gathers information from its surroundings to enhance occupants’ experience, safety and comfort.

And this is only the beginning. In-vehicle systems are becoming increasingly capable in analyzing, learning and predicting events. These technologies inspire us to rethink today’s mobility landscape, where urban infrastructure and existing modes of transit struggle.

This century, we will see old habits die and long-standing trends reverse.  Cars will be viewed less as a singular source of personal transportation and will become an integral piece of the evolving transit ecosystem. On-demand access to more than one mode of transportation has already become the new norm.

Cars are becoming a vital part of almost every aspect of our work and personal lives. Connectivity offers endless possibilities to enhance safety, convenience, quality of life, and the environment. How do we leverage in-vehicle systems and car connectivity to create novel, exciting, and worthy innovation?

We Have Got a Challenge for You: Build an innovative connected vehicle device, system or application to demonstrate how vehicle connectivity can improve the future of communities, quality of life, and the environment.

SAE Connected Vehicle Challenge

SAE ((previously known as the Society of Automotive Engineers)) The Society of Automotive Engineers is the world’s largest professional association of over 128,000 automotive and aerospace engineers worldwide.

The Vehicle IoT Committee of SAE is inviting you to participate in a Connected Car Challenge. During the Challenge, participants will propose, build and demonstrate an innovative connected-vehicle device, system, or application that demonstrates how vehicle connectivity can contribute to improving mobility, quality of life of individuals and communities, and the environment.

Finalists will be invited to present their innovation at WCX: World Congress Experience — an annual gathering of over 12,000 automotive executives and practitioners in Detroit, MI, on April 10-12, 2018. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive substantial cash awards.

How Do I Participate?

We want you to think outside the box. We encourage you to propose any technical or business idea you believe will contribute significantly to the state of the art in connected-car technology and could have a meaningful impact on future personal mobility or public and commercial transportation. We’ve listed below some ideas to help you get started:

  • Occupants health, safety and comfort
  • Vehicle telematics
  • Navigation and infotainment
  • Autonomous and driverless operation
  • Traffic management and congestion reduction
  • Payment, parking, insurance, and retail systems
  • Car – Home integration
  • Ridesharing and other resource-sharing models
  • Inclusiveness: people with disabilities and aging population
  • Private-public transit collaboration and coordination

All you need to do now is submit your proposal here.

What’s Next?

The Official Rules of the Connected Vehicle Challenge and other details concerning registration and participation are available on SAE’s website.  Key dates are listed below for your information:

  • December 18, 2017    Call for participation opens
  • January 31, 2018         Proposals due
  • February 5, 2018         Selected applicants notified
  • March 2, 2018             Applicants submit a progress report
  • March 12, 2018           Finalists notified
  • April 12, 2018               Final competition at WCX, in Detroit, Michigan

Note that the Official Rules and schedule are subject to change.

My Company Isn’t Eligible; What Can I Do?

The Connected Car Challenge is open to individuals, teams, and small organizations of 50 employees or less. But even if your company doesn’t qualify, there’s still much you can do.

SAE is inviting companies who care about the cause to sponsor the Connected Vehicle Challenge.

By sponsoring the event, you will position your company as a visionary and a leader in advancing the state of the art, and encouraging a new generation of young man and women that will shape the future of the connected car industry.  Your company will get exposure to SAE’s 128,000-strong membership that includes automotive engineers, executives and business developers.

To inquire about sponsorship and mentorship, contact Linda Wagner at SAE.