Fascinating short video by Ford showcasing their OpenXC platform, a "combination of open source hardware and software" that opens up "a wealth of data from the vehicle to developers." One such example is the vibrating shift knob seen above.
Watch as Ford Engineer Zachary Nelson uses the motor from a Microsoft Xbox 360® game controller to create an OpenXC shift knob that vibrates when a driver shifts gears in a Ford Mustang. The 3D-printed prototype shift knob uses Ford's OpenXC research platform to link devices to the car via Bluetooth®, and shares vehicle data from the on-board diagnostics port. Zach tests his prototype in a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that vibrates at the optimal time to change gears.
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