US: ‘EatOn’ app by students wins OnStar award

Four Students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are Grand Prize winners of the OnStar Student Developer Challenge and a $10,000 Developer Dream Package. The winning team created an app called EatOn, a restaurant discovery experience within the vehicle.

In an effort to find the next original and compelling in-vehicle voice-enabled application, OnStar challenged students enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Texas and University of Toledo to submit voice applications that would help provide a greater level of connectivity to OnStar subscribers.

The winning team consisted of MIT sophomores Drew Dennison, Isaac Evans, Sara Sprague and Marie Burkland.

Their challenge-winning app, EatOn, allows drivers to use only their voice  to locate nearby restaurants, listen to ratings and reviews, make reservations through OpenTable, call   or receive turn-by-turn driving directions to the desired restaurant. The app also allows users to send their friends automated text invitations to the restaurant or post their destination on Twitter.

The Student Developer Challenge is a part of OnStar’s targeted push to a connected future by bringing next-generation voice-based applications to subscribers.

Source: General Motors.

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