Ford has adopted the simple yet encouraging philosophy that technology not only makes us safer drivers, but helps make driving more practical and utilitarian; the Open XC system will make that schema a reality.
The first, more important element of Open XC is a dashboard-mounted device that allows smart devices to act as GPS programs, music players or even Internet tethers. Basically, your entire car becomes a Wi-Fi enabled, plug-and-play area. The second part is an open-source platform that allows software developers to release applications, similar to the iTunes app store. In a nutshell, you could be be working, sending emails and enjoying your favorite tunes while navigating the highway thanks to Ford's newest innovation.
Best of all, the automotive company intends to provide the application system on the cheap -- around $20 or $30.