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Obama Administration announces Apps for Vehicles winners

Date
02 April 2013
Obama Administration announces Apps for Vehicles winners

NEW YORK: The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the winners of its Apps for Vehicles Challenge, a competition set to spur innovation around making vehicles safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient.

The competition, which is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to data and slash fuel costs for consumers, asked app developers and entrepreneurs to show the benefits of open data for vehicles.

The Department of Energy awarded four winning apps from across America: Dash, MyCarma, Green Button Gamer and Fuel Economy Coach, the last of which won the Fuel Efficiency Innovation award.

Entries were judged on their ability to improve fuel efficiency, innovation, use of open vehicle data, and consumer accessibility, through vehicle-generated data such as information on distance or engine speed.

MyCarma allows car-buyers to estimate fuel consumption based on their driving patterns, and Dash turns any vehicle into a ‘smart car’ that maximizes engine performance and minimizes carbon emissions and fuel costs, through analysis-based and alerts.

The Apps for Vehicles Challenge is part of the government’s MyData Initiative, which aims to accelerate private sector services for people to better use their own data, and the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge which works to make electric vehicles as convenient and affordable as gas-powered cars.

David Danielson, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DoE said: “By transforming vehicle data into valuable products and services, these innovators are helping American families and businesses save money and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. These products are inspiring examples of how American ingenuity can contribute to a clean and secure US transportation system."

Evan Juska, Head of US Policy, The Climate Group said: "Imperfect information is still one of the biggest barriers to improving energy efficiency across a number of sectors, including transportation. With the data these apps provide, drivers can make more informed decisions about which car to drive and how to drive it - saving fuel costs and tailpipe emissions in the process."

The winning apps are available for download: http://vehicles.challenge.gov/

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