Back window car display

[Video Link] Al Linke and Ytai Ben-Tsvi took home the "Best Hardware" prize at the Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day on August 17. Their creation was a "smart brake light" prototype. Using Ford's OpenXC data platform, the device reads the car's gas pedal position and brake inputs and displays contextual animations on the monitor.

As seen in the video above, colored bars indicate how far the gas pedal has been pushed. A graphic of a foot pressing on a brake pedal plays when the brakes are on. In addition, a button press triggers a "Thanks" graphic, which can be used as a way to thank someone who allowed you to merge in a traffic lane.

Al and Ytai took home a gift basket from our friends at Adafruit Industries.

In the coming days, we'll post more videos of the other Data Driven award winners.

Boing Boing: Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

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  1. Not useful to me unless there is a push-button option to display "Back off, asshole" to the tailgater behind me.

  2. Coyote says:

    Such a polite waste.. i mean use of technology... If you're so interested in riding my ass, would you care for some goatse?

  3. I have long wanted brake lights that flash more rapidly the harder someone in front of me was braking.

    Brake lights are too binary, "on" could mean "mildly slowing down for a stop sign" or "HOLY SHIIIIT FOUR WHEEL ANTI-LOCK SKID".

  4. Because you would be the first and set such an excellent example that everyone would want to follow you.

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