The Most Technology-Enabled Car Ever?


Here is some of my coverage of the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I was reporting for Dice and Dice News.

Hanging out on the lawn of Foothill College at the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp in Los Altos, California was Project Detroit, Microsoft’s attempt to create the most technology-enabled car. With the body of a 1967 Mustang and a whole load of technology from Microsoft, this car took the guys from West Coast Customs eight weeks to build along with four members of the Microsoft Coding for Fun group. This car is not rolling off the line anywhere in Detroit, but if you can afford all that, you can afford this car. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Two laptops running all the systems in the car.
  • An XBOX360 for tailgating.
  • Rear projection screen with messages displayed on back window.
  • Three Kinect devices that allow you to see what the car sees.
  • Car PA system.
  • Controllable RGB LEDs all over as car accents. Change the color to whatever you want.
  • Digital dashboard that can change to different styles of dashboards.
  • GPS system (of course).
  • Windows 8 Slate for passenger side.
  • All different systems can be controlled or viewed from the Windows mobile phone. Control elements such as the LEDs, the custom messages on the back screen, and announcements. Plus you can view the dashboard or see video from the car.
  • The car is a cloud-enabled device. All engine information such as your speed, RPMs, etc. are pushed to the cloud so you can do data crunching later.

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