Ford and Bug Labs develop open-source R&D platform

According to Ford Motor Company’s press release, they are partnering with Bug Labs

* 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.

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  1. ive thought the bug labs stuff was cool but always way too overpriced. im actually surprised they are still around…who is buying their stuff? I don’t see many projects featuring the Bug computer.

  2. Are those bugs made of gold ? Why the heck ist this system so pricey ?
    Imagine…you can get a nice scope, a soldering iron and a lot of diystuff for the same money ;)

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