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2/27/2014 08:15 AM EST
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zewde yeraswork
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Open XC
zewde yeraswork   2/27/2014 3:28:42 PM
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It may not be shocking for Ford to see Open XC alterations to its Mustang line, but it is a new and interesting twist to an old tradition. The Mustang represents the whole history of the Ford company, in its most glamorous and fast-paced light. To bring that together with technology is a powerful thing.

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LarryM99   2/27/2014 4:58:55 PM
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I would still bet that there are lawyers at Ford that had to be shouted down or bypassed to get this one out the door. I would be very curious to see a description of the interface and exactly what data can be had from it. It may just be what is already available from the OBD-II interface that is already mandated on vehicles.

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junko.yoshida   2/27/2014 7:54:48 PM
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@Larry, exactly. The issue is what data can be exactly had from this interface. So...what sort of things are already available as "mandated" as you say form the OBD-II interface today, and what are not?

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LarryM99   2/27/2014 11:05:02 PM
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There are a set of generic codes which are published and additional codes that automotive manufacturers have held as proprietary. The proprietary codes are usually available to scanners by or under contract to the manufacturers and very expensive. The scanners that are buyable for reasonable cost at automotive stores have limited or no access to the proprietary codes. In my opinion, this is silly and eliminating that silliness would be a good step towards increased openness. Why is it that way? To give their repair shops an advantage in repair business.

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AZskibum   2/28/2014 1:04:33 AM
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It's a pretty bold move, but well in keeping with the tradition of embracing muscle car enthusiasts' "hacks" to OEM designs. Kudos to Ford.

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junko.yoshida   2/28/2014 1:31:02 AM
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@Larry, thank you. It's interesting and 'silly' as you say that they limit the access to code because they want to give an advantage to repair shops. Meanwhile, I thought it was for the sake of 'security' of a car. Have I been misled?

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junko.yoshida   2/28/2014 1:33:59 AM
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Bold, indeed. But again, I keep thinking how they get around so-called "security" and "safety" issues of their cars.

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boblespam   2/28/2014 2:28:40 AM
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Great move from Ford. Only an american company could have been the first to do such a change in the global way of thinking. I hope the other car makers will follow. I also hope it will not be limited to the usual ODB Codes that everybody already know. It could be extended to diagnostic control codes, calibration procedures, options/extensions configuration and these stuff that remain closed today.

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chanj0   2/28/2014 3:23:07 AM
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It is a great move but a lot of car lovers are already changing computer data to improve engine power and twist the performance of the car. In addition, if general public can start twisting performance of an engine w/o enough understanding, there might be concern to not only Ford Motor but also to the safety of road users.

 

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zewde yeraswork   2/28/2014 10:23:40 AM
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It's definitely a bold move. We'll see if its a smart one, though, as Ford moves in the direction of muscle cars even more decisively than in the past.

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