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Ford and Bug Labs Shipping OpenXC Beta Kits 58

MojoKid writes "OpenXC is an open source connectivity platform developed in tandem by Ford and open source hardware maker Bug Labs. Announced this fall, the platform is designed to allow developers the ability to use Android- and Arduino-based modules to interact with a vehicle's in-car tech, such as vehicle sensors and GPS units. The OpenXC website succinctly describes the platform as 'an API to your car.' Ford announced that OpenXC beta test kits are now shipping to developers worldwide, including U.S. institutions such as MIT and Standford as well as India's HCL Technologies."
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Ford and Bug Labs Shipping OpenXC Beta Kits

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  • MS sync + ford? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 17, 2012 @06:10PM (#39079921)

    I thought ford was all about Microsoft. They used to run ads all the time about MS Sync. Many parts of crash in chrome with .NET errors.

  • by Alain Williams ( 2972 ) <> on Friday February 17, 2012 @07:34PM (#39080729) Homepage

    Will they make the engine/... diagnostics available through this API ? Currently they charge the repair garages a lot to have the software to be able to see why that fault light is lighting up on the dashboard. The effect is driving small repair shops & one man bands out of business -- good for Ford since it keeps their expensive dealerships in business.

    I expect not, they would not do anything genuinely useful if it damaged profits.

Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.