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Create Accessories to Enhance the Driving Experience

STATUS: Awarded
POSTED: May 01 2015
SOURCE: InnoCentive

Vehicles traveling in remote regions or through rugged terrain have unique durability requirements and often experience delays in obtaining replacement parts. Sparse population densities require self-sufficiency in instances of mechanical or electrical failure, hazardous weather, and other situations. Ford is searching for novel designs of accessories and the underlying process of coming up with solutions when driving in remote areas. To make the challenge realistic we are setting the challenge in Australia. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Challenge ID: 9933613
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Challenge Overview

Drivers traveling in remote areas or over rugged terrain must be prepared for unexpected situations and difficult conditions that may adversely impact their travel. Having limited access to help and resources is just one of the challenges that drivers face during their journey. 

The purpose of this challenge is to invite innovators and the ‘maker’ community to create novel accessories to assist drivers in remote areas. For example, by enabling vehicle diagnostic information and back up home accessories to facilitate vehicle repair as well as making the vehicle more reliable overall. To make the challenge realistic, we are setting the challenge in Australia – the country with the 3rd lowest population density in the world. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000 USD, with at least one award being no smaller than $10,000 USD and no award being smaller than $2,500 USD. 
  • Submission forwarding occurs during the Challenge.  Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission. If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission. This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker. Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.   

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 14, 2015.  Late submissions will not be considered. 

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.


The world is changing, consumers are shifting priorities, and great technology is evolving faster than ever before. The existing infrastructure for motor vehicles cannot sustain the number of vehicles expected to be on the road in the coming years. Ford’s roadmap includes smarter cars, smarter roads, and smarter cities. 

Through the Ford Innovate Mobility Series, Ford is inviting Solvers across the globe to explore mobility issues to make the entire transportation experience easier, to make people’s lives better, and in doing so, to create a better world. Since global changes require global input and innovation, we need you! All Challenges in the Innovate Mobility Series are open to Solvers worldwide. 

Check out the challenges here to see how you can get involved.

What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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