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Imagine buying a bunch of Android apps for your very own car from the auto store, the same way you would buy new hub caps.These apps could do simple things like show off your car’s dashboard on your phone or weird things ike create art from your steering wheel movements and let you upload it to the web.
Ford has teamed with a company called Bug Labs, creators of open-source hardware, for a project called the OpenXC vehicle interface.
The project is a call for app makers to write interesting apps that would be personalised to a specific car. While the apps and after-market devices have not been created yet, it’s not hard to imagine some possibilities like tapping into your car’s GPS to locate your car in a parking lot, or an app that monitors the car’s dashboard to see how fast your teen is driving.
Essentially, OpenXC will read about a dozen metrics from a car’s internal network such as GPS, steering wheel position and the like.
The platform will be officially released in a few weeks and the team is collected e-mails from developers interesting in coming up with apps.