How the Mustang would look if Microsoft ran Detroit (via CNET News) – I love Mustangs, I live Microsoft. My heaven!
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with Windows sounds, well, sort of lame on its face. But suppose it came with a
heads-up display that let passengers play Call of Duty against their
Or cameras around the car that let you use your smartphones to check out who
might be eyeballing your ride? Or turning that phone into a microphone you could
use to ask — nicely, of course — lookie loos to step away from the car?
That’s what the folks at West Coast Customs, working with developer
evangelists at Microsoft, have put together for their television program, Inside
West Coast Customs, which airs on Discovery’s Velocity Network this Sunday at 9
p.m PT/ET. The idea, dubbed Project Detroit by Microsoft, was to create a car
that showcases some of the cool things developers can do with Windows, Windows
Phone, Windows Azure,Xbox,
Kinect, and Bing.
“We believe coding should be fun,” said Jeff Sandquist, senior director of
developer relations at Microsoft, who worked with West Coast Customs on the
project. “We’re about developer evangelism and telling developers what they can
do with the Microsoft platform.”
The car is a vehicle for that. West Coast Customs took a 2012 Ford Mustang
and retrofitted it with a 1967 Mustang fastback replica body. They painted the
car matte black, and decked it out with neon blue lights in the grill and around
“It just looks bad-ass,” said Sandquist, a gearhead in his own right, who
loves Corvettes and drives a 2009 model.
Then they baked in just about every Microsoft consumer technology they could.
The car is Web connected, giving the driver the ability to glance at the
heads-up display to check the weather forecast or find the nearest gas station.
The heads-up display on the passenger side, which the driver can’t see, lets
passengers play games over Xbox Live with their friends.