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      Ford delivers new technology again with OpenXC

      Ford delivers new technology again with OpenXC | Driving Ford

      We are excited to announce that Ford Motor Company has displayed its pioneering spirit yet again as it continues to explore new frontiers, delivering affordable and industry-leading technology solutions for tech-savvy consumers.

      The latest creation from Ford is OpenXC, an open-source hardware and software platform that supports in-car mobile applications. The concept originated from the insight that drivers and car owners around the world are increasingly becoming aware of the advantages of mobile connectivity. At the NASSCOM India Leadership Summit, Ford will demonstrate this brand new research platform along with the first ever third-party mobile app created with the OpenXC toolkit.
      The inspiration for OpenXC came during one of Venkatesh Prasad’s visits toIndia where he noticed that those who couldn’t afford a car were able to afford a smart phone. Prasad is senior technical leader at Ford’s Research and Innovation organization, and keynote speaker at the NASSCOM summit. The observation challenged him to deliver similar relevant and affordable connectivity in cars. “India is such a unique and diverse marketplace that as an automaker, it’s almost impossible to keep pace with consumer trends. The OpenXC platform will allow us to harness the power of the consumer and allow them to develop innovative solutions to meet their needs, at their pace,” he adds.
      OpenXC explained
      The OpenXC is an open-source platform developed by Ford Research and Innovation and New York City-based Bug Labs. Ford is offering beta test kits of OpenXC to local developers and research universities around the world to accelerate in-car mobile app developments that are market specific. Institutes who will receive these toolkits include University ofMichigan, MIT and Stanford, as well as initial developer partners, such as Weather Underground in theU.S.and HCL Technologies inIndia.
      “At Ford, we’re constantly researching and reshaping the role of the automobile to add value for our customers,” says Prasad. “OpenXC allows us to investigate what developers can do when we present the car in the same way as they see a smartphone software platform.”
      OpenXC also includes an interface module based on the popular Arduino platform that allows developers to read data from the vehicle’s internal communications network. The hardware module provides real-time access to parameters like the vehicle sensors, GPS receiver and vehicle speed that can be read by apps while keeping everything isolated from the vehicle control systems.
      OpenXC in action
      At NASSCOMM, Prasad will demonstrate an app created by HCL that runs on a Ford Figo. This application allows a driver to send ‘Late arrival notification’ and ‘Safe arrival notification’ to selected personal contacts with an automatic location update during his journey. By monitoring location and speed information from the vehicle, the app can determine if the driver is running late for a meeting and also send an email or text message notification to other attendees without any input from the driver.
      “Imagine a Ford Figo that tells your family when you reach your destination safe—a car that you can constantly reconfigure and personalize to suit your ever-changing needs and demands, using the most advanced technology in the auto industry but at a cost affordable to all consumers,” says an enthused Prasad.
      “With OpenXC, Ford is opening up access to the car and enabling local and independent developers to easily and quickly create apps using data provided by the car,” Prasad continues. “In combination with mobile connectivity and the power of the cloud, the possibilities for new and transforming apps are almost limitless.’’
      The future of car connectivity
      Prasad believes that Ford’s transformative approach toward cars and connectivity will go further. Developers working with OpenXC will be able to create apps across a wide spectrum of categories, from those dealing with personal information and entertainment to some contributing to a Better World – addressing congestion, healthcare and education.
      The potential for open-source application development for automobiles is at a high in the industry. “Through the OpenXC research project, we are paving new avenues for entrepreneurs and businesses, both small and large, where the automobile, mobile phones and the internet cloud come together in the creation of new experiences when behind the wheel,” says Prasad.
      Ford lovers have something to be excited about with a whole range of apps that will make life on the move more pleasurable.
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      Ford Cars To Get Smarter With OpenXC

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      You just sat in your Ford Figo and are set to reach your office for a meeting at 9.30 AM. All of a sudden, you encounter alot of traffic. You are going to be late. But wait, you need not inform anyone about this, because the new Late arrival notification application will do the needful by sending an email or text message to other attendees. All this without any input from the driver. How smart is that? Pretty smart. Ford has just started to ship OpenXC beta toolkits to developers, which will let them develop applications for mobile connectivity. The above one has been made by HCL and could soon be in your Ford vehicle.

      Ford is demonstrating the OpenXC research platform and the potential of open-source application development for automobiles at the NASSCOM India Leadership Summit. The American automaker wants to bring together the automobile, mobile phones and the internet cloud in the creation of new experiences when behind the wheel. OpenXC is an open-source hardware and software platform developed by Ford Research and Innovation and New York City-based Bug Labs. This will help local developers take advantage of mobile connectivity. It is basically a smartphone software platform, giving developers the route to offer their innovative solutions for automobile mobility. With OpenXC developers will be able to create apps across entertainment to addressing congestion, healthcare and education.

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