Wikispeed is doing awesome.
The thing about open source hardware, like the Wikispeed car, is that it costs a lot more than software. For example, crash testing a prototype car costs $10,000! That means Wikispeed needs money and volunteers to join the existing international, 150 member team. With more resources, Wikispeed can produce the next generation. The Comfy, Commuter Car (C3) will be a direct replacement for your existing car.
However, it will be able to get 100 miles per gallon and you will be able to upgrade the car’s modular components so that it can grow with your needs or new technology.
They just started their Indigogo campaign. They have 65 days to raise the $52,500 they need to get the first practical 100mpg car on the road. Major auto manufacturers can’t even mass produce a 50mpg car for $50k.
- $25 – your name on the car that will be displayed at the Future of Flight Innovation Center at Boeing’s Paine Field.
- $100 – Above + thanked in a personalized video posted on Wikispeed’s website.
- $500 – Above + get to vote on the styling of the C3 interior and exterior.
- $5,000 – Above + training as a Certified Agile Project Manager for you and nine others, customized to your goals. This is the same Extreme Manufacturing (XM) process Wikispeed uses.
- $10,000 – Above + vote with the Wikispeed Board of Advisors and have your name on the next 100 cars Wikispeed produces.
- Bishop, Todd. (9 May 2012). A Crowd-Funded Car: Wikispeed raising funds for 100 MPG open-source vehicle. Geek Wire.