Microsoft has been working for months with West Coast Customs, the legendary car remodeling company, to build what might just be the most over-the-top Windows machine ever created.
The car, dubbed “Project Detroit,” is a 2012 Mustang retrofitted with a 1967 Mustang fastback replica body that uses just about every Microsoft technology possible, including Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Xbox, Kinect, and even Microsoft’s Bing search engine. The project was first announced last September, and the finished car will be unveiled this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on Discovery’s Velocity Network.
Microsoft is giving a sneak peek of the car today. Microsoft’s Channel 9, the company’s site for software developers, has been spearheading the project as a demonstration of the potential of the company’s technologies, trying to get developers to think about building apps and automotive technologies.
In addition, Microsoft says it is planning to make the source code for the major components of the project available through its CodePlex site.
Some of the crazier features, via Microsoft:
- Digital Instrument Cluster: The touch-screen instrument cluster can toggle between different dashboard skins including a 1967 Mustang, a 2012 Mustang and a Windows 8 Metro design style version.
- Heads Up Display: A heads-up display in windshield contains displays information Bing Maps — plus the passenger can play Xbox on his or her side of the windshield without distracting the driver.
- Entertainment System: The entertainment system comes with an Xbox 360 and a Kinect. When parked, the rear windshield can serve as a projector screen for playing movies or video games from behind the car.
- External Audio: The audio system acts as a public address system so you can speak into your phone and have the audio played through the car’s external speakers. Using this system, the car also has customizable car horn “ringtones” that enable you to change what sound plays when the horn is honked.
- Customizable Rear Windshield: While driving, the rear windshield can serve as a customizable display system that can play video, show images and display custom messages.