About Mobility in Chongqing

Chongqing has a mass transit initiative aiming to create a one-hour economic access circle to the central city by any means of modern transport – with an ultimate goal of increasing employment opportunities and accelerating the urbanization of farmers. (english.cq.gov.cn) However, the geographic consideration of the region, commonly known as the “Mountainous City,” has made the process anything but simple.

There are four linear mountains and two main rivers (the Yangtze River and the Jialing River) that constitute the downtown Chongqing area. This unique set of topography includes great differences in altitude and slopes that, in some cases, drop steeply to the banks of the Yangtze river. Such drastic geographic changes require a multitude of transit options to be available to allow for transportation into, out of, and through the city – including tunnels and underground tracks. (www.dandc.eu)

Chongqing utilizes water, land, and air transportation options via an international airport, expressways, railways and waterways for intra-city travel and freight transportation. For travel within the city, residents employ subways, lightrails, waterways, buses, taxis, expressways, cable cars, and non-motorized transport. (www.chinahighlights.com)

Because the city spreads over both waterways and mountainous terrain, it has developed multiple sub-centers. Moving between and around these sub-centers requires most to utilize multiple modes of transportation to get from point A to point B.

Examples of cities complex geographical constraints and a variety of transportation methods include (but are not limited to) London, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Toronto, New York City, Hong Kong, Seattle, and more.


APIs & Data

Although no specific API or data integration is required, your app must focus on helping people connect multiple modes of transportation in cities like Chongqing, where there are complex geographical constraints. 

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Chongqing Information

Data & APIs


SYNC® AppLink™

SYNC AppLink is a suite of APIs that provides the capability for mobile developers to AppLink enable their mobile applications. Developers have the ability to extend the command and control of the mobile application’s features to the vehicle occupants in a responsible, non-distracting way through the use of familiar in-vehicle Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) such as SYNC Voice Command, Steering wheel and radio buttons.

The applications run on the mobile device without the need to install any third party software on the vehicle head unit. The AppLink APIs exchange program data as well as command and control information over a known transport layer allowing SYNC to exchange messages with an AppLink enabled application in a pre-determined format. This technology is similar to how Bluetooth phones and digital media are integrated and used on the SYNC production platform.

Learn more at the Ford Developer Site: https://developer.ford.com/ 



OpenXC is an API to your car that offers drivers more insight into how their cars run. Using the OpenXC platform, you can access the OpenXC data and start making vehicle-aware applications even if you don’t have a Ford or even a car.

Using the OpenXC vehicle interface you can read vehicle data real-time — like the steering wheel angle, GPS position, and vehicle speed. Currently, OpenXC supports over a dozen different measurements on a growing list of Ford vehicles. To get started review the OpenXC site to get access to OpenXC-formatted vehicle data, important documentation, and OpenXC FAQs.

Resources for Native Android Apps. For Android app development, make sure you check out the Android Library Setup and App Tutorial pages on the OpenXC site.

Please note that if you want to use OpenXC to interact directly with a Ford vehicle, you’ll need to download the closed source CAN translator firmware directly from Ford and sign a developer agreement.

Resources for Web Apps and Testing. 


Bug Labs Real-Time Messaging and Visualization Tools

Get your OpenXC-equipped Ford sharing data on the Internet in minutes!  Challenge participants have the opportunity to use the dweet™ real-time messaging service and freeboard™ dashboard/visualization platform, free of charge, to easily develop innovative mobile and desktop applications. Both products come with complete documentation, sample code and tutorials!


Non-distracting In-Vehicle Interfaces

To be eligible, all submitted apps must conform to In-Vehicle Approval Criteria from Ford for safe and non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces, if the intent is to use the app while driving. For more information, see the national generally accepted principles for in-vehicle interfaces.


Recorded Version of Sept. 25th, 2014 Google Hangout

Did you miss Ford’s Google Hangout QA? Have no fear! You can watch the recorded version with  Venkatesh Prasad, Senior Technical Leader, Open Innovation at Ford below.


More Questions?

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