01 July 2015
A first educational connected car game for ŠKODA
As one of the largest automotive companies in Europe, Škoda Auto prides itself on making cars that “think smart” and “understand life’s little everyday challenges”. To push the boundaries of interaction between passengers and cars, Škoda initially approached OÜ Bamboo Group with the idea of a gaming app that could teach kids the basics of driving and traffic rules.
The main challenge that our development team faced was connecting the app to Škoda SmartGate, a system that uses wi-fi to send more than 40 vehicle parameters to the connected device via a special hotspot in the vehicle. This was achieved by integrating the Škoda API, to make the app fully compatible with the infotainment system of the car. Using SmartGate, Škoda Little Driver can analyse the vehicle parameters and all the driver’s actions, so that the app user can easily monitor driving variables such as speed, fuel level, brake status or the throttle position.
Recognising the needs of its young audience, Škoda Little Driver also has an educational section, Learning Mode. This features road and vehicle safety theory, teaching children road essentials, which they are then tested on with humorous questions and answer options.
The project lasted for 29 calendar weeks and required a combined effort of five team members. OÜ Bamboo Group engineers utilised a number of the latest technologies during development, including COCOS2d-x, FMOD, C/C++, Java, Android SDK/NDK, JNI and XML. As well as the required functionality, which has been completely implemented, some new elements suggested by Bamboo have also become part of the product.
“During the development of our Little Driver app, OÜ Bamboo Group demonstrated capabilities to deliver a complex product with high level of programming skills and outstanding design,” said Mathieu Plauchut, project manager of Škoda app development. “OÜ Bamboo Group did prove that they’re able to reach the level of our expectations.”