Microsoft's computerised car

Microsoft's computerised car

Mar 23, 2012

Microsoft's computerised car

Despite what you see in the movies the reality of fully automated cars, filled with computers rather than an actual driver, is still some time off yet. But that’s not to say we can’t dream, so take a look at West Coast Custom’s latest motor - Project Detroit.

Imagine Microsoft had built the world’s most advanced 1967 Ford Mustang and you’ll pretty much have it. It all started with a 2012 Mustang chassis, complete with its fair share of (Ford-badged) computers and safety aids, teamed up with a reproduced 1967 body. Of course no show car would be complete without bodywork full of bling and Project Detroit is no different - there’s a set of oversized wheels, matt black paint and masses of blue LED strip lighting. The grille even bears the Microsoft logo.

At first glance the cabin might not look so trick, but this is actually where the real Microsoft magic happens. The traditional instruments have been replaced with a digital rendering, which can be changed at the touch of a button, and both driver and passenger get a head-up display. Those in the second seat can even use the latter as a monitor for the Xbox 360 with Kinect motion sensing. And if the HUD wasn’t already enough to keep passengers entertained there’s also an in-built tablet.

Those outside the car can have just as much fun, the rear screen doubling as a projector for the Xbox while the external speakers can play music, double as a PA system or even a choice of customisable horn sounds. And with a rolling wireless 4G hotspot tied into the system, users with a Windows Phone can track, unlock and start the Mustang remotely.

Clever, but there’s no telling if CTRL+ALT+Delete will save your bacon if you crash it though...