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Ford's open-source kit brings era of smart car apps

Jan 24, 2013, 11:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Most cars are now run by computers that control everything from the engine to the incline of the seats but, until now, the driver has used only the data on speed, engine revs and fuel level. OpenXC will "demystify the details" of a car's software, says K. Venkatesh Prasad of Ford Research and Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan. A driver will be able to download approved apps from a Ford store onto their smartphone that can then communicate with a car's computer system.

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