CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2014
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Ford Motor Company manufactures and sells Ford and Lincoln cars and trucks across six continents with 181,000 employees and 70 plants worldwide.

Ford takes a data driven approach to all aspects of designing, developing and manufacturing vehicles by critically evaluating Ford and Lincoln products against their global competitors to ensure that Ford designs are the very best.

Called “vehicle audits,” this evaluative process is currently done manually by designers using spreadsheets and, in some instances, even paper forms.

Our Vehicle Audit Analytics software automates and simplifies the vehicle audit process with an easy-to-use mobile web app. Ford designers compare Ford and Lincoln products against those of their competitors using their mobile devices.

Vehicle audit analytic data is generated by responding to survey questions simply with the touch of a finger. Users can augment responses by adding video, photos and audio.

By automating and simplifying the audit process, our Vehicle Audit Analytics application decreases audit and analysis time. All of the audit data is consolidated into a central location, which results in better data and faster audits.

Our web app works seamlessly both with and without an Internet connection.

Our Vehicle Audit Analytics software uses HTML5, Bootstrap, AngularJS, and Java, SQL Server 2012 and Apache Tomcat.