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Four students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) went home winners in OnStar’s Student Developer Challenge. The contest, which asked students from several engineering schools to develop a new technology to enhance OnStar, GM’s in-car security and assistance system, concluded Monday with MIT’s innovative EatOn app taking home the grand prize.

The EatOn app, developed by MIT sophomores Drew Dennison, Isaac Evans, Sara Sprague, and Marie Burkland, allows drivers to locate nearby restaurants, listen to ratings and reviews, make reservations through the OpenTable service, and receive turn-by-turn directions using only their voice. Drivers using the app can also use voice commands to send text messages to friends or post about their destination on Twitter.

“This challenge was about looking outside the box in order to develop new technologies that will enrich the driving experience for our six million customers,” said Nick Pudar, OnStar’s vice president of planning and business development. “These students represent the future of digital connectivity and I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of these applications incorporated into OnStar’s suite of services in the future.”

MIT’s EatOn app beat out apps from competitors at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas and the University of Toledo. Students traveled to the Where 2.0 location-based technology conference to present their app ideas to a panel of judges including Netflix executive Daniel Jacobson and OnStar’s chief information officer, Jeff Liedel.

“It was a great competition that allowed us to explore the latest in automotive technology,” said Dennison, who will be splitting a $10,000 prize with his fellow student developers. “It was fun to work together; everyone brought 110 percent effort and we are honored to be selected.”

OnStar says the Student Developer Challenge is one part of the company’s push to include more voice-based apps to the system, already well known for its turn-by-turn navigation, stolen car tracking, and remote door unlocking capabilities. According to Pudar, OnStar would like to integrate more features into the system, giving drivers more connectivity.

“We need to develop services that add value to the consumer’s mobility and personal experience and solve for some of their everyday needs,” he said, in a keynote address to the conference.

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