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Microsoft Packs Mustang With Windows 8, Kinect, Xbox, More

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Most of us know the name West Coast Customs thanks to a man called Xzibit and a little show called Pimp My Ride. However, West Coast now stars in its own show on the Discovery Channel's Velocity network. It's called Inside West Coast Customs and the show follows the crew at the garage as they create wild and whacky creations for the likes of Justin Bieber and Will.i.am.

This week, Microsoft's Channel 9 revealed that it recently paid it's own visit to the West Coast Customs garage. The company teamed up with West Coast for a project codenamed Project Detroit. It saw them create a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback outfitted with the latest in Microsoft technology.

"Against the odds, and perhaps against our better judgment in terms of sleeping hours, we set out to see what was possible when you combine some of the world's most innovative technology, the latest in cloud connectivity and raw American auto muscle," said Microsoft's Jeff Sandquist. "What would it look like if you could take Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Xbox, Kinect, Bing - you name it - and put it all together into one iconic car?"

It would look like this:

 

The crew started with a 2012 Mustang and then retrofitted it with Dynacorn's 1967 Mustang fastback replica body. They added heads-up displays with augmented reality in the windshield, two Kinects (one on the front and one in the rear) for skeletal tracking and live streaming video feeds, built-in 4G,an Xbox 360 (for gaming, obviously), swipe-able touchscreen dashboard displays, and a rear windshield that serves as a customizable display that can play video, show images, and display messages (such as, "Stop tailgating me!"). All of this is pulled together with Windows Azure in the cloud and Windows Phone applications to control things.

Microsoft won't go into full details about the motor because the episode this Mustang stars in is set to air this Sunday, March 25 at 9:00 p.m. PT/ET on Discovery's Velocity Network. However, the company will be making source code for the major components of the project available on CodePlex in the coming weeks.

"We are so incredibly proud of this car, but we're even more proud of what it represents – ingenuity, creativity and some great demonstrations of Microsoft technologies in cool applied scenarios," said Sandquist. "Get excited, download the code and create your own device powered by hardware and software."

Check out more pictures and details regarding Project Detroit here.

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    kilo_17 , March 22, 2012 6:18 PM
    crysexI own a 05 Mustang and it is heavily moded.

    Cool story bro.
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    bak0n , March 22, 2012 5:10 PM
    I own a Mustang. I'm glad its not that one. Mine will actually go for years without having to be rebuilt/dying/crashing.
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    jimmysmitty , March 22, 2012 5:21 PM
    bak0nI own a Mustang. I'm glad its not that one. Mine will actually go for years without having to be rebuilt/dying/crashing.


    Not sure how the Mustang will "crash" but in my eyes, its a beautiful car. The 67 GT500 was one of the best Mustangs.

    Of course they should have gone with a 2013 GT500 instead as that one is just a beast in terms of power.
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    burnley14 , March 22, 2012 5:25 PM
    Is Tom's giving one of these away to residents of the US?
    *crosses fingers*
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    crysex , March 22, 2012 5:26 PM
    I own a 05 Mustang and it is heavily moded.
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    alidan , March 22, 2012 5:32 PM
    burnley14Is Tom's giving one of these away to residents of the US?*crosses fingers*

    meh, where i live in the us it would be illegal to drive that. would love to have it though, or a delorian, though thats illegal too, cant get insurance for it (its old and expensive so no one will touch it), and its illgeal to drive without
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    NightLight , March 22, 2012 5:32 PM
    i had a '68, and i regret selling it...
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    hellfire24 , March 22, 2012 5:40 PM
    who clicked my car??
    :lol: 
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    mrface , March 22, 2012 5:52 PM
    jimmysmittyNot sure how the Mustang will "crash" but in my eyes, its a beautiful car. The 67 GT500 was one of the best Mustangs.Of course they should have gone with a 2013 GT500 instead as that one is just a beast in terms of power.



    Actually that is not the GT500 body style, its just the standard '67 fastback. But yes, the '13 GT500 is a beast! :) 
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    MajinCry , March 22, 2012 6:00 PM
    Meh. An XBOX in a car? Better have comfy seats if people will actually play it.

    Wonder how much thermal paste they shoved in this case.
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    kilo_17 , March 22, 2012 6:18 PM
    crysexI own a 05 Mustang and it is heavily moded.

    Cool story bro.
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    mcd023 , March 22, 2012 6:34 PM
    oooooo source code. /drool
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    robochump , March 22, 2012 6:41 PM
    Actually not bad at all. No eye burning paint job and LCDs actually well done as well as can be simply turned off. Wish we had pics of interior!
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    zak_mckraken , March 22, 2012 6:44 PM
    Shut up and take my money!
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    makaveli316 , March 22, 2012 6:56 PM
    The only thing i can't stand in a Mustang is the interior.
    To clean the interior you can wash it directly with a bucket of water.
    I hope the new models are better on the inside, cause i'm willing to spend more for a little better interior.
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    bonanzaguy , March 22, 2012 7:31 PM
    Noooooooo.... They ruined that beautiful car. :( 
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    spookyman , March 22, 2012 7:35 PM

    will it suffer the Red Ring of Death?
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    kyee7k , March 22, 2012 7:44 PM
    crysexI own a 05 Mustang and it is heavily moded.

    The term is tuned, not modded.
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    bigdragon , March 22, 2012 8:02 PM
    This Mustang looks nice. The body color is way too plain for my tastes. I do like what they've done here. I think it's better than the latest revision of the modern version. I've decided against getting a Mustang though. Maybe a BRZ is in my future.
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    elkein , March 22, 2012 8:36 PM
    I was going to buy a my little pony car next year, but I don't think my wife would go for that version.
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    nik12937 , March 22, 2012 9:28 PM
    I'd just put all the electronics in myself and save a boatload of cash, putting in all that hardware is relatively easy, I did most of that in my Grand Prix, it's finding a place to fit everything that's most difficult.
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