Ford and Buglabs launch OpenXC: an API to your Car

By on February 11, 2013

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Amazing news for geeks as this week Ford launched it’s OpenXC SDK to create applications using car data.

The kit has been developed thanks to the collaboration between the automotive giant and Buglabs, an ultra innovative company specialized in tools for open innovation in Internet of Things thanks to products like the Swarm platform.

The Open XC,  based on Arduino and Android technologies, is:

” an API to your car – by installing a small hardware module to read and translate metrics from a car’s internal network, the data becomes accessible from most Android applications using the OpenXC library. You can start making vehicle-aware applications that have better interfaces based on context, can minimize distraction while driving, are integrated with other connected services, and can offer you more insight into your car’s operation.

Ford Motor Company and Bug Labs joined up to create a standard way of creating aftermarket software and hardware for vehicles. Every new car is full of computers and electronics, and there is growing interest in connecting the output from those systems to third-party applications and the web. Many companies are already offering tools to hook into the driver’s interface, but for the most part they have limited availability for hobbyists and developers. What if the system was designed from the ground up to be open source and to give insight into the vehicle itself? With proper hardware isolation to ensure you can’t “brick” your $20,000 investment in a car, OpenXC imagines when your car is as easy to program as your smartphone.”

via OpenXC.

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