Porsche Invites Developers To Build Smart Apps And Services For Its Cars

The second edition of the ‘Porsche Next OI’ developer competition kicks off just in time for the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, with developers from around the world encouraged to work on digital mobility solutions for future Porsche sports cars.

This competition gives contestants the chance to build and test their apps and services using simulated connected car APIs (Application Programing Interface).

Teams will have access to more than 300 different data sources and will work with in-browser Porsche car emulators, which in this case will be focused on the Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo study.

“The competition’s first edition has already underlined how important it is for a company to be open to new ideas and impulses from the outside world. We aim to further enhance Porsche’s ecosystem with elements including the Next OI Competition and we are looking forward to collaborating with developers over the coming weeks,” Porsche Innovation Manager and Next OI Competition project manager, Andy Grau, said.

Last year, over 1,000 developers took part in ‘Porsche Next OI’, resulting in over 270 connected car application and service ideas submitted for the competition. The ideas mainly concerned infotainment, navigation, parking and chassis control.

This time around, Porsche is seeking applications that are relevant in accordance to three distinct phases of the driving experience: Home, Driving, and Arrival. The goal is to keep the focus on the customer, whether inside a connected home, on the go, on arrival or by assisting the driver when they are switching between transport modes.

Participants have until April 30 to submit their apps, with the winner set to be named at the beginning of June. The winning team will even get the chance to work on their prototype alongside Porsche experts.

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