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BusinessWeek asks, can we build an open source car?

“Inspired by Linux, the OScar project aims to build a car by tapping the knowledge of a volunteer team. It won’t be an easy ride, but their journey is important…

So here’s a question: Can open-source practices and approaches be applied to make hardware, to create tangible and physical objects, including complex ones? Say, to build a car?”Link.

There are hundreds of open source hardware projects going on – just as complex or more so than cars. But cars go on roads, require approvals, it’s a little more than making an open source hardware arduino project. The hot-rod culture shared everything and it was completely common to build a car from scratch in many enthusiast communities in the 50s, that is still going on today.

Here’s a DIY Fuel Injection Conversion using open source engine management – Megasquirt is an affordable, open-source, DIY engine management computer that you assemble yourself. A large community of developer/users provides for constant development, and great free support – Link.

Short answer, of course it can – that doesn’t mean it will happen, or the value/demand is there, but there’s a lot of benefit in an open approach for some hardware and processes.

What do you think? Post in the comments.

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