Ford's New Open Source Platforms Help Developers Make Apps for Cars
February 20, 2012 5:27 PM
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The app store of the future may be in your car
Last week at the
NASSCOM India Leadership Summit
, Ford Motor Comp. (
its promised "open source" Applications development bed, dubbed OpenXC. The new test bed is an extension to the API groundwork that Ford laid last year, in working with universities to develop
novel SYNC-compatible apps
Ford -- who arguably has the
most mature infotainment solution
in the industry -- is using an Arduino hobbyist board -- an inexpensive microcontroller with strong I/O capabilities -- to grab GPS coordinates, vehicle speed, and other sensor information from the vehicle. Developers can then send this information to their apps, in order to create novel apps -- many of which could be tailored to a local crowd.
Ford engineers demoed one such app, which used GPS information combined with a calendar app to perform a variety of connected tasks. The app allowed the driver to share their location with trusted individuals. It also allowed them to have the app auto-generate emails or text messages when it saw that they were going to be late to a meeting, based on their current position. And the app could even send messages to a driver's family after a road trip -- a particularly pertinent local concern in India, given the
elevated risk to drivers
Ford's new OpenX development platform uses an Arduino board for signal processing.
[Image Source: Arduino.cc]
OpenXC was created with
the help of a rapid prototyping company
, New York City's
. The platform is currently in a beta stage, with select partners like universities such as the
University of Michigan
, as well as initial developer participants, including
in the U.S. and
in India working as guinea pigs to the new platform.
Ford envisions a world in which, "Developers can... create apps for the car in a manner similar to how they would for a smartphone."
Possible applications it mentioned included medical monitoring,
a potentially life-saving innovation for patients with chronic conditions
, or apps to help relieve
via connected smart-routing. Ford has been pushing do-it-yourself invention in the automotive space, co-sponsoring
innovation spaces in various regions
. These places, like TechShop, give budding inventors the tools and training they need to become future entrepreneurs.
Of global automakers, Ford has fielded some of the
most ambitious and futurist designs
new Fusion Hybrid
wowed, getting almost the gas mileage of Toyota Motor Comp.'s (
, despite a much larger and more comfortable frame.
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2/21/2012 10:15:04 AM
" is using an Arduino hobbyist board -- an inexpensive microcontroller with strong I/O capabilities"
on top of using a proprietary OS/software/API that will cost the purchaser and arm and a leg. No thanks, I'll stick with my $90 GPS and call/text on my cell phone that already costs me a bundle every single month.
2/21/2012 4:01:25 PM
The other thing I would worry about is quality control. If an app on a cell phone locks up the phone, no big deal, maybe a minor annoyance, but what happens when the app crashes something in the car? Who is doing the testing? If a Ford developer puts in an update, it can be tested in a safe manor, not sure how that would be done by amateur developers.
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