The winning application, called Caravan Track, lets a group of drivers in different vehicles coordinate a road trip by linking to the same web site where they can share messages and text each other.
A panel of judges from Univerity of Michigan, Ford and Microsoft selected the winner based on relevance and usability.
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Fuel tracker lets a driver see real-time information about getting the best fuel economy by sharing driving tips and giving suggestions to improve gas mileage.
NostraMap relies on crowd-sourcing to get up-to-the-minute information on traffic conditions such as accident, police patrols, and back-ups.
Listen. Speak. Rate. Share. features audio reviews for establishments that can be shared with friends using various social networking and blogging sites.
The GreenRide Challenge connects commuters via Facebook matching friends who need rides with drivers who have seat room. Prizes could be awarded for a ride-sharing incentive.
The Points-of-Interest application allows drivers to share a Netflix-style recommendation system for places of interest.