Two projects are attempting to design and build automobiles using the principles of open-source software.
It’s probably too early to know if open-source software design principles can translate to hardware–in particular, automobiles–but it is a sign of the cultural power of that ideal that two different teams of designers have arisen to attempt to build “open source automobiles.” Anyone is invited to contribute ideas and talent, and the process requires open sharing and collaboration at all stages of design and construction. The big question is, will it work? Can open-source principles work in a radically different, physical medium?
Markus Merz, the German founder of the OScar project, states his goal as follows: “Building a car without an engineering center, without a boss, without money and without borders. But with the help of the collective creativity of the Internet community….” The project started in 1999, and by 2006 announced that it had prepared version 0.2. This meant that the designers had agreed upon a design concept that would be the basis for future planning and building.
That year, there were three core people managing the project, with about 110 people from around the world contributing to it, and another 1, 000 who were registered users on the site. Merz estimated he spends two days a week on the project. For more, see the Business Week article on OScar and New Assignment.
Another open-source car design project known as “c, mm, n” (“common” without the “o’s”) was launched in March 2007 by The Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment. This project has some serious backing—three technical universities in Delft, Eindhoven and Twente; partners such as the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Transport; and two corporate sponsors, Athlon Car Lease and Rabobank.
The c, mm, n invites designers and users to help develop a “car of the future” whose blueprints will be freely available as “open source” design plans. There will be no formal “end” to the project; it will be an ongoing project carried on by a community of volunteers. All improvements to the design will be available to everyone.
The sponsors of the c, mm, n want to design a car that holds answers to the following questions:
*What kind of system do we need to ensure our freedom to move in the future?
- How do we make the system truly sustainable to people and planet, and ensure that everyone profits from it?
- What kinds of vehicle would function best in this system?
- What steps do we take towards creating this system?
- In the meantime, which elements or ideas can we already put into practice?
A non-working concept version of the c, mm, n was introduced at an Amsterdam car show in March 2007 AutoRAI It is hoped that a proof-of-concept c, mm, n will be presented at the AutoRAI in 2009.
There is a touch of zaniness to the idea of an open-source automobile. But then, that’s also what was said about Richard Stallman in 1984 when he started the Free Software Foundation, whose work initiated key elements later resulting in the GNU Linux operating system. So who knows if open-source principles can be folded into the manufacturing process? Eric von Hippel (Democratizing Innovation) has shown that user-generated innovation is, in fact, quite common in certain niche manufacturing sectors, especially extreme sports equipment. So why not an open-source car?dragon age keep dragon bases dragon hunting dragon cake game of thrones dragon names dragon wallpaper dragon game dragon ball fuse black bearded dragon dragon ball fusion generator ancient gold dragon 5e copper dragon 5e alaskan snow dragon red dragon hannibal leafy sea dragon dragon outline dragon ball tattoo dragon armor new dragon ball super dragon coloring pages dragon quest ix dragon fruit starbucks drink monkey d dragon bounty frilled dragon golden dragon red bull dragon fruit anime dragon red dragon mouse tuk tuk raya and the last dragon bulma dragon ball white dragon 5e crystal dragon dragon phoenix dragon star bad dragon reddit dragon inn bearded dragon cage how to train a dragon maleficent dragon back of the dragon dragon ball z budokai tenkaichi 3 dragon quest xi goldspan dragon dragon ball super viz brutal black dragon osrs tail of the dragon tennessee last dragon dragon costumes all dragon ball series dragon gate dragon skull dragon tattoo dragon soul entrance dragon back tattoo dragon quest 11 walkthrough dragon ball super heroes george and the dragon cell dragon ball golden dragon chinese food dragon ball z game raya and the last dragon ethnicity dragon nest young red dragon 5e dragon avatar dragon crisis raya and the last dragon disney plus dragon shrek canton dragon bad dragon toys bearded dragon cage tuk tuk raya and the last dragon maleficent dragon dragon slayer disney dragon movie dragon ball z drawings wish dragon dragon meaning ice dragon spyro year of the dragon anime dragon raya and the last dragon sisu how to train your dragon: the hidden world dragon tattoos for women dragon ball toys dragon fable dragon ball z dragon adventures wiki golden dragon chinese food fire emblem: shadow dragon and the blade of light chinese water dragon yakuza: like a dragon review dragon gif dragon fruit cactus flying dragon lizard merrill dragon age moro dragon ball how to train your dragon: the hidden world cast bearded dragon habitat china dragon dragon chicken dragon slayer movie dragon ball komodo dragon teeth dragon coloring page dragon cartoon dragon quest x d&d dragon the mummy tomb of the dragon emperor dragon ball z action figures raya and the last dragon toys dragon age inquisition dragon ball z super saiyan the girl with the dragon tattoo movie shadow dragon dragon tf frieza dragon ball z petes dragon dragon city raya and the last dragon virana dragon ball z card yakuza like a dragon osrs dragon defender dragon ball wiki dragon game dragon fursuit raya and the last dragon full movie dragon blood jasper sisu raya and the last dragon krayt dragon pearl dragon ball super manga viz sea dragon rocket dragon house komodo dragon baby winged dragon of ra dragon king dragon type the girl with the dragon tattoo movie dragon names black dragon fish wargame red dragon bearded dragon size dragon roll bearded dragon terrarium dragon zodiac dragon ball episodes blue eyes white dragon ender dragon minecraft toothless how to train your dragon sea dragon rocket lucoa dragon form angry dragon trunks dragon ball dragon ball super episode list dragon ball super manga viz dragon ball z hoodie dragon ball z: resurrection 'f' red dragon japanese maple raya and the last dragon toys dragon demon soul magician dragon dragon ball z: broly – the legendary super saiyan dragon balls house of the dragon release date petes dragon dragon quest lucky dragon waterdeep dragon heist dragon skeleton