My daughter and I teamed-up at the Mojio/Hertz Hackathon at NestGSV Silicon Valley yesterday. Our app — GoodGaadi — was the winner of the Social category. It uses real-time telematics to aggregate driving data to the Cloud. It then scores the data and enables individuals to have a safer driving competition with friends, family and colleagues. It’s the gamification of safer driving!
Winning was very exciting, especially for my daughter. This was her second hackathon and so far she has won a prize in both. This time, the prize included an XBox One, $500, Mojio devices and of course, bragging rights.
Mojio’s technology and API inspired us to build this app. It has never before been possible to aggregate real-time data from multiple vehicles on the Cloud. The Mojio device is a small cellular device that plugs into the port of any car manufactured since 1996 and streams real-time data about your car to the cloud over the cellular network. (Learn more here — http://moj.io/ )
But our motivation came from elsewhere. Each year, over 30,000 people die in automobile accidents in the U.S. Countless others get injured. The cost to our economy is over $150 billion annually. We can change this. If each person makes small changes and eliminates bad driving habits such as hard braking, sudden acceleration, hard turns, excessive speed etc., over time, our roads will get safer and fewer people will get injured or die. Driverless cars will help, but for the foreseeable future, there will continue to be human drivers and making roads safer will continue to be a challenge.
We are looking forward to working with Mojio to bring GoodGaadi to life. Tell us your thoughts on safer roads and safer driving and our approach to this problem.
Our concept page is here: http://goodgaadi.com/
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And in case you are wondering, “gaadi” is the Hindi word for car.