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Open source cars?

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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, wrote recently about why car manufacturers should look into open source – Why Toyota Should Go Open Source

He has some valid points. We have a Bose system at home that about once a month stops responding to the remote and needs rebooting. If I add up all the time I’ve spent doing that (and talking family members through it over the phone), I’d gladly take a look at the source code and try to fix it.

When it comes to cars, however, I really like the approach taken by Local Motors. Their design and manufacturing process is very open:

  • They have open competitions to select the car design. At this stage it is mainly concept art done by graphic artists and 3-D modelers. The range and imagination of the designs is very cool. The amount of work put in by the contributors is amazing. See the design wall.
  • They have a voting process to select the designs that will be made into cars
  • They have an open build process and CAD files are available – Build Process
  • They have an open manufacturing process where you can participate in the building of your car – Build Experience

How cool is that?

Now they just need an embedded Linux-based OS for all the electronics that we can contribute to. Maybe some kind of serial bus that can be used universally by all the sensors and switches.

Written by James

April 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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  1. An open source car project that was started last year in the Netherlands: http://www.cmmn.org/

    Bart Maertens

    April 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm


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