AutoPlug Receives First Prize at 2010 WESC
AutoPlug, an embedded systems device developed in the laboratory of Rahul Mangharam, Stephen J. Angello Term Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE), won first prize at the 2010 World Embedded Software Competition held in Seoul, Korea. The device was ESE junior Kevin Conley’s summer research experience as part of the Rachleff Scholars Program and was developed in collaboration with team members Teddy Zhang, a junior in ESE, Gabe Torres, a senior in ESE and CIS, and Madhur Behl, a doctoral student in ESE.
AutoPlug is an open system and network architecture for Plug-n-Play services for third-party hardware devices and software modules. It allows vehicles to become extensible, customizable, and more integrated with evolving technology over the lifetime of the vehicle. The device enables car owners to enhance the current capabilities (e.g. engine performance, infotainment), add on new functionality (e.g. new safety sensors, on-road diagnostics), and personalize their vehicle via an “Auto AppStore” (a la the Apple iTunes AppStore).
After purchasing a new 3rd party AutoPlug device, such as a proximity sensor, a user can register and authenticate the device using a mobile device like the iPhone, iPod Touch, or Google Phone. Once authenticated, the device will automatically connect to the AutoPlug network and be ready to use. Information such as previous trip driving patterns, diagnostics and car status can be sent to the user’s home computer for access. This information can also be sent to remote entities such as insurance companies and law enforcement to analyze driving habits. Manufacturers can use this information to update the user on servicing.
The World Embedded Software Competition is an annual contest that selects excellent original works on embedded software and awards prizes to the winning devices. The event is an invitation for epochal and innovative development ideas for embedded software and offers opportunities for collaboration between embedded software and industry.