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Why you don?t want your electric car to be open source

Apr 12, 2012, 12:01 (9 Talkback[s])
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"The mainstream electric car needs to support the closed, magic ? it just works! ? model. Why? First off, there?s little room for beta software mistakes in the automotive transportation world. An electric car that shuts down or freezes up because of half-baked software is the equivalent of a lawsuit or a PR nightmare.

"Electric car startup Fisker Automotive (which is not open source at all) has struggled in recent months partly because of software glitches, leading to some of its early adopter customers venting online, and a variety of negative press. The equivalent of Google launching a beta project onto the web, and the ecosystem of developers playing with and perfecting the tool, doesn?t really work for a mainstream car."

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