27 Feb '14, 1pm
Ford Invites Open-Source Community to Tinker Away
For a long time, many carmakers' worst nightmare involved "alterations" to their vehicles -- either by crooks with malicious intent, or by overly enthusiastic hobbyists whose handy work could result in unintended consequences. Researchers at Ford Motor Company, including Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, however, are willingly turning that conventional fear among car OEMs upside down, by introducing the power of the open-source community to the automotive world. Nelson, who will be speaking at EELive! at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, will discuss how the Open XC open-source platform could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data. Shocking? Not really. When you think about a long tradition of Mustang enthusiasts customizing Ford's most iconic model, Nelson doesn't seem so out of line. Designers worldwide have tin...