Emerging Tech SIG: Open Innovation and the Future of Cars




    Automobiles are evolving rapidly. For example, new assistive technologies such as adaptive cruise control promise significant reductions in traffic congestion and fleet mileage (if deployed widely), and obviously, various fully autonomous cars are already whizzing around test tracks and some streets. However, these technologies all still leave the automobile as a blackbox to its users.

    Please join us as Dr. TJ Giuli discusses a new effort at Ford called OpenXC. OpenXC is an API to your car. By installing a small hardware module to read and translate metrics from a car's internal network, the data becomes accessible to most Android applications using the OpenXC library. The goal is to spawn a new class of vehicle-aware applications that have better interfaces based on context, that can minimize distraction while driving, that are integrated with other connected services, and that can offer the consumer more insight into their car's operation. To these applications, the car is no longer a black box, but a measurable device.

    Dr. Giuli will give technical details on how OpenXC works and on prototype apps, and talk about how developers can get involved.

    Bio: TJ Giuli is a Technical Expert at Ford Motor Company’s Research and Advanced Engineering organization. His research interests lie in mobile computing and secure, privacy-preserving vehicular software architectures. His recent work involves architecting research software platforms to enable third-party software development on cars. Based in Palo Alto, TJ is currently leading Ford’s recently-announced establishment of a research lab in Silicon Valley. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.

    6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation