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Open Source Vehicle by Local Motors - SEMA 2010

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Sean Clark from mp3Car talks with Ariel from Local Motors, a company that is pioneering open source and community driven vehicles.

Building these vehicles is a 4 step process. First is creation; where Local Motors will take input from the community for all of the parts that will combine to create the car. Next is the development stage where the vehicle is put through theoretical testing and different scenarios to make sure its safe. 3rd is build. Users can actually go to the micro factory in Arizona and help build their car in 6 days.

Finally users can mod the vehicle with and "app store" of car parts. These parts are really easy to create because all the data for the car is open source.

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Updated 11-11-2010 at 02:08 PM by optikalefx

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Yea I would do it in a heartbeat if I had the time and money.... Costs about 50-60K for everything depending on engine choice and such but you can resell them for 80-90K so its a fun project and an investment. It's also a prime candidate for a carPC.
I want one of those! That looks like a great project!
For that price you can get one of these:
http://www.factoryfive.com/gtmhome.html
and still build it yourself...but know that your car is faster then anything else on the road.

Its a cool idea-but nothing is cheap when done in small quantities (or by hand).