The retrofitted “Micro-Stang” vehicle shows off connected-device scenarios of the future.
Microsoft recently teamed up with custom car makers West Coast Customs for a fun collaboration to tech-out a Ford Mustang. Codenamed “Project Detroit” and nicknamed the “Micro-Stang,” the concept car was created to inspire developers to think about building apps and automotive technologies of the future.
The vehicle is a 2012 Ford Mustang with a 1967 fastback body and features connected-device scenarios that incorporate the Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Bing, Ford Sync and more. There is a touchscreen instrument panel, touchscreen dashboard displays, wheel and grille lights, an external PA system, and external Kinect cameras that can transmit a live video feed to the interior displays. Custom apps can alter various aspects of the car, from changing the accent lighting and the sound of the horn, to activating the “projector screen” or sending a message to the rear windshield. Click through to see pictures of the tech: