Ford and Bug Labs Shipping OpenXC Beta Test Kits to Devs and Universities
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. The press release specifically mentioned Weather Underground, as well.
Further, at the NASSCOM India Leadership Summit, Ford is debuting the first app to run on the platform, an as-yet-unnamed tool that “would allow a driver to provide selected personal contacts with an automatic location update during that driver’s travels.” Practical examples include the app sending an automatic email or text to a waiting colleague if the car senses you’re running late or notifying a loved one upon your safe arrival at a destination.
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Part of the brilliance of the OpenXC strategy is that not only is Ford effectively getting free R&D from the open source community, by letting developers in locales far-flung from Detroit have a go with the system, Ford will learn what consumers want and need in a variety of geographic regions.
Let the tinkering commence.