Ford Mustang haptic feedback shift knob using OpenXC

The Haptic Feedback Shift Knob is a replacement for a manual transmission shift knob that adds haptic and visual feedback to help drivers shift appropriately. An Android application monitors the vehicle’s speed, RPM and accelerator pedal position. Based on this information, the application calculates and then indicates to the driver when he or she should shift by vibrating the shift knob. After feeling the haptic “pulse” the driver can then appropriately respond. The embedded electronics in the shift knob are based on the Arduino Pro Mini with an on-board FTDI chip and USB connector. The Shift Knob was originally designed and developed by Zac Nelson at Ford.

Project details, including photos, code links and 3d printer files can be found on the OpenXC webpage.

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Comments

  1. Oliver says:

    Oh the irony, Ford, big friends with Microsoft for their in system OS, sponsoring Opensource interfaces and opensource firmware.

    Very cool though. I like it :)

  2. Alan says:

    You don’t need to keep one hand off the steering wheel, on the manual transmission lever, waiting for the vibration. Just have your hand on the lever early when accelerating.
    Won’t help when down-shifting to overtake or go around a corner, though.

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