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201606 Jan

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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.”

 

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.

 

Developers are tasked with creating software that would allow an F-150 and a drone to communicate in real time.

 

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.

 

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