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Open Source Cars- The dawn of a New Era?

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Open source goes beyond free software, and the broad concept means a collaborative platform, where a diverse community gets together to work on a project, on a voluntary basis. While open source coders get together to develop software, automobile enthusiasts pool and collaborate through open source platforms to design vehicles, or things for vehicles. Initially adopted as an innovative method by start-ups, the success and efficacy of this model means that even global giants such as Ford are now actively exploring the open source route to develop cars and components.

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Open Source Cars- The dawn of a New Era?

  1. 1. Open source goes beyond free software, and the broad concept means a collaborative platform, where a diverse community gets together to work on a project, on a voluntary basis. The success and efficacy of open source cars means that even global giants such as Ford are now actively exploring the open source route to develop cars and components. Where Do Open Source Cars Stand?
  2. 2. Open Source Car Initiatives  OScar  Taby  Street Scooter  Local Motors  Ford
  3. 3. OScar One of the earliest initiatives towards open source cars is the OScar. The goal of OScar is not a high end car fitted with complex gadgets, but rather a simple and functional vehicle that aids mobility, where form follows function. The OScar website offers a platform for developers and drivers who strive to invent mobility anew.
  4. 4.  Arguably the world’s first open source build-your- own car, and the promoters claim that it takes just about an hour to assemble a bare bones drivable model.  The upgraded Urban Tabby, complete with doors, body panels and a windshield even passes as street legal in the U.K.! Taby
  5. 5. Street Scooter  A full-fledged and complete open source vehicle development to date is the StreetScooter, designed in the University of Aachen.  Collaborative approach to design a short-range electric vehicle that is affordable and sustainable  The Street Scooter was envisaged in modular product architecture, with partners integrated at eye level.
  6. 6. Local Motors  The company leverages the power of enthusiast communities working in their spare time, to design vehicles.  The voluntary community is a mix of engineers, designers, consumers, and hobbyists, and aims to factor in all requirements at the design stage itself, rather than engineers design a vehicle, and try to hard-sell it.
  7. 7. Ford  Ford, one of the biggest and oldest OEMs has been looking at using the power of the cloud for quite a while now.  The company developed OpenXC, a software and hardware platform.  The hardware is an OBD2 dongle that connects the car with a software platform
  8. 8. Obstacles for Open Source Cars Limited to niche products Cars are complex machines High risk venture Integrating info from different sources Security challenges Intellectual property concerns
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