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Project Detroit: A Retrofitted Ford Mustang Shows Off Connected-device Scenarios

Microsoft unveiled codename “Project Detroit,” a concept car created to inspire developers to think about building apps and automotive technologies of the future.

“Connected-device scenarios featured in the car incorporate Kinect for Xbox 360, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Bing, Ford Sync and more,” Microsoft stated.

With open-source code from Project Detroit, developers can do more than just imagine the possibilities – they can start building them.

Adding, to create Project Detroit, a “2012 Ford Mustang with a 1967 fastback body, Microsoft teamed up with Ryan Friedlinghaus, an award-winning automotive designer based in Corona, Calif., and star of the Discovery Channel’s Velocity network reality TV series “Inside West Coast Customs.”,” the company said.

  • “Remote Control With Windows Phone: Project Detroit can be remotely located, unlocked and started all from the Viper SmartStart app for Windows Phone.
  • Built-In Touch Screen Displays: Swipe the touch screen instrument cluster to toggle between different dashboard skins and use the tablet embedded in the passenger-side dash to do anything from surfing the Web to sending messages that display on the rear windshield for other cars.
  • Access the Project Detroit ‘Garage’ From a Windows Phone: Using custom applications for Windows Phone, various aspects of Project Detroit can be altered with the touch of a button or swipe of a finger — from changing the accent lighting and the horn sound “ringtone” to activating the “projector screen” or sending a message to the rear windshield.
  • Passenger-Side Touch Screen Dashboard: Project Detroit’s front and rear Kinect cameras transmit a live video feed of surrounding pedestrians and objects directly to the interior dashboard displays.
  • Project Detroit features multiple, touch screen, dashboard displays, including one on the passenger side. Use the tablet to do anything from checking the weather to playing Xbox games,” Microsoft revealed.

This Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT), the show will feature Project Detroit, on Inside West Coast Customs.

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