Recorded Version of Sept. 25th, 2014 Google Hangout

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Below are some tools we've gathered to help you with your solution! Make sure you stay in the loop on all challenge communications and new resources by registering for the challenge (click the "Register button to the right). 

APIs & Data

Although no specific API or data integration is required, your app must focus on helping extend health services to remote regions, such as those in Tamil Nadu, India.

Here are a few tools you might find useful.

SYNC® AppLink™

SYNC AppLink is a suite of APIs that provides the capability for mobile developers to AppLink enable their mobile applications. Developers have the ability to extend the command and control of the mobile application’s features to the vehicle occupants in a responsible, non-distracting way through the use of familiar in-vehicle Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) such as SYNC Voice Command, Steering wheel and radio buttons.

The applications run on the mobile device without the need to install any third party software on the vehicle head unit. The AppLink APIs exchange program data as well as command and control information over a known transport layer allowing SYNC to exchange messages with an AppLink enabled application in a pre-determined format. This technology is similar to how Bluetooth phones and digital media are integrated and used on the SYNC production platform.

Learn more at the Ford Developer Site: 


OpenXC is an API to your car that offers drivers more insight into how their cars run. Using the OpenXC platform, you can access the OpenXC data and start making vehicle-aware applications even if you don’t have a Ford or even a car.

Using the OpenXC vehicle interface you can read vehicle data real-time — like the steering wheel angle, GPS position, and vehicle speed. Currently, OpenXC supports over a dozen different measurements on a growing list of Ford vehicles. To get started review the OpenXC site to get access to OpenXC-formatted vehicle data, important documentation, and OpenXC FAQs.

Resources for Native Android Apps. For Android app development, make sure you check out the Android Library Setup and App Tutorial pages on the OpenXC site.

Please note that if you want to use OpenXC to interact directly with a Ford vehicle, you’ll need to download the closed source CAN translator firmware directly from Ford and sign a developer agreement.

Resources for Web Apps and Testing. 

And More… 



Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH) is a modular, extensible open source software project originally designed for mobile health (mHealth), which can also be used outside of the health domain. It allows organizations to use mobile technology to communicate information to patients, collect data about patients, alert caregivers to patients’ status, and schedule caregivers’ work. The modular system allows organizations to choose among multiple mHealth technologies and to enable data sharing for users of the system.

You can use MOTECH in your solution to:

  • Communicate information to patients via voice or SMS according to a schedule of care defined for the patient’s condition
  • Collect data from patients or caregivers
  • Alert caregivers of the status of their patients
  • Facilitate communication between patients, caregivers, and/or health administrators
  • And more! 

To get started with MOTECH, check out the MOTECH documentation and developer pages. For a technical overview of MOTECH, take a peek at this slide deck.


Bug Labs Real-Time Messaging and Visualization Tools

Get your OpenXC-equipped Ford sharing data on the Internet in minutes!  Challenge participants have the opportunity to use the dweet™ real-time messaging service and freeboard™ dashboard/visualization platform, free of charge, to easily develop innovative mobile and desktop applications. Both products come with complete documentation, sample code and tutorials!


Non-distracting In-Vehicle Interfaces

To be eligible, all submitted apps must conform to In-Vehicle Approval Criteria from Ford for safe and non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces, if the intent is to use the app while driving. For more information, see the national generally accepted principles for in-vehicle interfaces.


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