* Ford and Bug Labs, an open-source hardware and software provider, announce a joint development project to research, develop and distribute open-source developer tools to advance in-car connectivity innovation.
* Known as “OpenXC,” the research platform is based on Bug Labs’ open-source Bug System and will enable the developer community to quickly prototype ideas and test out affordable new connectivity concepts that could enhance Ford’s future products.
At the recent TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, the two companies presented a demonstration based on OpenXC, including a socially-networked in-car fuel economy monitor connected to the Internet, via Bug Labs’ cloud-based service, BUGswarm.
Bug Labs has posted documentation regarding their hardware and software on their website.
A look at the Bug Labs store page reveals that getting involved in this open source project is pricey: various developer bundles are priced at several hundred to over $1,500.