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H Ford συνεργάστηκε με την DJI, εταιρία κατασκευή drones, και ανακοίνωσαν διαγωνισμό εξέλιξης ενός drone-με-όχημα. Αυτός δημιουργήθηκε για να σχεδιαστεί ένα σύστημα εξερεύνησης του εδάφους για το πρόγραμμα ανάπτυξης των Ηνωμένων Εθνών, με τους συμμετέχοντες να πρέπει να εξελίξουν ένα σύστημα επικοινωνίας μεταξύ drone και οχήματος, χρησιμοποιώντας το Ford SYNC AppLink ή το OpenXC.

Ο στόχος του συστήματος είναι να δημιουργηθεί ένα λογισμικό, το οποίο θα επιτρέψει στις πρώτες βοήθειες που θα καταφθάσουν με ένα F-150 σε μια περιοχή έκτακτης ανάγκης, να αναπτύξουν ένα drone χρησιμοποιώντας το σύστημα ενημέρωσης και ψυχαγωγίας SYNC 3.

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Το drone, στη συνέχεια, θα πάει στις περιοχές που έχουν πληγεί περισσότερο και με την καταγραφή βίντεο θα εκτιμηθεί το μέγεθος της ζημιάς ενώ θα εντοπίζει και τυχόν επιζώντες. Ιδανικά, το σύστημα θα συνδέεται με το smartphone του οδηγού, ώστε τα δεδομένα από το drone να μπορούν να μοιραστούν και με τους υπόλοιπους διασώστες σε πραγματικό χρόνο.

Ο νικητής του διαγωνισμού θα λάβει έπαθλο 100.000 δολαρίων και θα μπορούσε να δει το λογισμικό του να σώζει τη ζωές μετά από ένα σεισμού ή τσουνάμι.

Δελτίο Τύπου

  • Ford and drone-maker DJI drive innovation in smart drone-to-vehicle software with DJI Developer Challenge
  • DJI Developer Challenge designed to create a rapidly deployable surveying system for use by the United Nations in emergency zones; future applications could include agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection and other work
  • These types of mobility innovations are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take Ford to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics

Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016 – Ford and DJI are imagining a world in which vehicles and drones become more capable, and efficient at working together and are announcing a challenge to develop the software to make that possible.

Working with DJI, the world leader in professional-grade drone systems and software, Ford invites innovators to participate in the DJI Developer Challenge to create drone-to-vehicle communications using Ford SYNC®AppLink or OpenXC. The goal is a surveying system for the United Nations Development Program to inspect emergency zones inaccessible to even the most versatile vehicles.

The technology could allow the United Nation’s first responders to earthquakes, or tsunamis, to quickly deploy drones that are able to survey and map the hardest-hit areas – all from the cab of an F-150.

“At Ford, we are driving innovation in every part of our business to help make people’s lives better,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Working with DJI and the United Nations, there is an opportunity to make a big difference, with vehicles and drones working together for a common good.”

Applicants to the surveying system challenge can visit http://developer.dji.com/challenge2016.The challenge winner receives £70,000.

The challenge is part of Ford Smart Mobility, the plan to take the company to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

Ford F-150 serves as drone base station

Developers are tasked with creating software that would allow an F-150 and a drone to communicate in real time. The United Nations’ rapidly deployable surveying system ideally would work like this:

In a disaster, an emergency response team would drive an F-150 as far as possible into an emergency zone caused, for example, by an earthquake or tsunami.

Using the Ford SYNC touch screen, the driver could identify a target area and launch a drone by accessing an app projected through Ford SYNC AppLink. The drone would follow a flight path over the zone, capturing video images and creating a map of survivors with associated close-up footage.

Using the driver’s smartphone, the F-150 would establish a real-time link between the drone, the truck and the cloud, so vehicle data can be shared. Data will be relayed to the drone so the driver can continue to a new destination, and the drone can locate and dock with the truck.

Developers will be able to use vehicle data available through SYNC AppLink or the OpenXC platform to create a seamless drone-to-vehicle communications experience.

Though this challenge has a specific mission, the software eventually could allow drone-to-vehicle applications in agriculture, forestry, construction, bridge inspection, search and rescue, and many other work environments in which vehicle access is limited.

Ford Developer Program

This developer challenge for drone software is just the latest example of how Ford is driving innovation through its Ford Developer Program, launched at the CES in 2013.

By leveraging Ford AppLink and OpenXC, the company is inviting developers from across the globe to innovate with Ford in the automotive industry’s first end-to-end developer ecosystem.

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