Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away

OpenXC, essentially an API to a car, is a combination of open-source hardware and software that lets enthusiasts extend their vehicles with custom applications and pluggable modules. It uses standard, well known tools to open up a wealth of data from the vehicle to developers.

In essence, the mission of OpenXC is to make your car as easy to program as your smartphone.

Researchers at Ford joined up to create a standard for creating aftermarket software and hardware for vehicles.