“Car, send my invoice”

Photos from MYOB and Jason Cartwright from TechAU

Last weekend I managed to relive the glory that was Batman under Tim Burton, which in my opinion, is hands down the best instalment of the caped crusader on any given day. As he cruised in his slick voice controlled Bat Mobile, I sat there wondering how soon we can all get our hands on one of our own in the future.

In a serendipitous chain of events, 4 MYOB hackers managed to win the Ford Hack-A-Thon challenge over the weekend for developing what is possibly a world’s first: a car that manages your jobs on the go AND integrates into your accounting software to send invoices and payments after the job is done.

By connecting an iPhone or iPad to a Ford car, the driver can ask the car for the address of the current job, load directions to the address, call up the customer, close the job, update AccountRight Live and send an invoice to the customer. The system also updates jobs as requests come in.

This concept is extremely handy for businesses with a mobile workforce. The possibilities are endless. It’s perfect for the tradies who are out and about attending to jobs, bookkeepers who are visiting clients frequently or aspiring Batmans who want to start charging for their vigilant work.

Here are videos of the 5 minute pitch and the car in action:

Kudos to Keran McKenzie, Russell Van Bert, Lucas Eagleton and Mahesh Shivamallappa for ploughing through the 24 hour hack-a-thon, beating 12 teams to win the Best New App award and a cool $4000 dollars. Read Keran’s account of the 24 hours at the MYOBAPI blog.

The best part? Ford Australia will be bringing the demo system to our office in Melbourne for us to check it out.