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July 23, 2012, 06:26:54 PM
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WIKISPEED + Bitcoin

www.wikispeed.com


If you haven't heard about WIKISPEED before, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8jdx-lf2Dw

Or read this: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2012/05/10/wikispeed-how-a-100-mpg-car-was-developed-in-3-months/


Quotes from the WIKISPEED + Bitcoin press release (http://wikispeed.com/wikispeed-team-blog/wikispeed-first-car-maker-in-the-world-to-accept-bitcoin-press-release):

"For the first time in history, it is now possible to purchase a car manufactured by a distributed, collaborative corporation using currency issued by no bank."

"Because Bitcoin transfer fees are dramatically lower than those of conventional systems, we are offering a 3% discount in all our prices when payed in Bitcoin."



Full text of the press release:

July 24, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA. For Immediate Release:




WIKISPEED, first car-maker in the world to accept Bitcoin





WIKISPEED is excited to announce that starting today, it is possible to purchase WIKISPEED cars and car parts or to support our projects with Bitcoin. We believe the decentralised, open and internet-native nature of Bitcoin resonates deeply with the essence of the WIKISPEED project.


Our name, WIKISPEED, not only reflects the network origin of our project but more importantly, how the network itself is the core of our methodology. Like a Wikipedia article, our cars are designed and built by teams of collaborative volunteer teams distributed around the world. Similarly, our design and knowledge is open and available for anyone to use and improve. The ‘Wiki’ approach to physical manufacturing allows WIKISPEED teams to perform complex tasks in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of industry norms.


The networked and open nature of the Bitcoin monetary system allows its users to perform transactions at substantially cheaper cost and at substantially faster speed, worldwide. WIKISPEED and Bitcoin have in common that they enable freely-assembled teams and individuals to perform activities that previously required bureaucracies, companies, or even nations.


For the first time in history, it is now possible to purchase a car manufactured by a distributed, collaborative corporation using currency issued by no bank. We see this as a landmark in the maturation of the web: a step forward in the convergence of activities driven by networking logics in all fields of human life. This convergence of network culture, network manufacturing and network economics holds the promise to fundamentally change the world, bringing back power to the people. A world where an open source car can be purchased with open source money is already a new world with new and exciting potential.


Bitcoin can now be used to purchase the limited edition WIKISPEED SGT01, a replica of our X-Prize winning prototype for $25.000 USD. A comfortable commuter car, the WIKISPEED C3, is in development and will be Bitcoin-compatible at launch. We aim to deliver the C3 as a complete car for $17,995 USD and as a kit for $10,000 USD. All WIKISPEED cars are ultra-efficient, modular, safety-tested, and deliver 100mpg or more. He have also opened an online store where WIKISPEED car parts are available at http://wikispeed.com/Store. Because Bitcoin transfer fees are dramatically lower than those of conventional systems, we are offering a 3% discount in all our prices when payed in Bitcoin.


Funding for the development of the WIKISPEED C3 commuter car is currently being conducted through a crowdfunding campaing at Indiegogo.com. The costs the C3 development include crash test fees, fuel-efficiency testing, materials for prototyping and testing, expert reviews and fabrication, and additional tools. While the Indiegogo platform does not support Bitcoin contributions, these can be sent to the following Bitcoin address: 12JiynsQcfNLbeWnM7cdnYGo3axPXDcwCV


Support WIKISPEED and make the future of automotive transportation happen right now.


WIKISPEED, a Seattle, WA–based automotive-prototyping and manufacturing startup, is a registered automotive manufacturer able to sell complete vehicles in the United States and kit-built vehicles all over the world. WIKISPEED currently has collaborative operations in fifteen countries worldwide.

Our Bitcoin address for donations is 12JiynsQcfNLbeWnM7cdnYGo3axPXDcwCV

We are in the process of implementing an automated shopping cart solution. However, customers who wish to purchase from us using Bitcoin can contact us at info@WIKISPEED.com for detailed instructions.


Press Photos: http://www.wikispeed.com/press, http://www.jigsawrenaissance.org/.


Media Contact: WIKISPEED: info@WIKISPEED.com, 425-312-3996
Jigsaw Renaissance: Hello@jigsawrenaissance.org, 206-659-5260


http://wikispeed.com/wikispeed-team-blog/wikispeed-first-car-maker-in-the-world-to-accept-bitcoin-press-release
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July 23, 2012, 06:29:53 PM
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It's the first time I've heard of Wikispeed but by the looks of it this is pretty big news. Nice!

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July 23, 2012, 06:32:06 PM
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Serious progress when you can now get your car purchase through bitcoins ...

edit: good TED talk also ...
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July 23, 2012, 06:32:24 PM
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Wow!

This is amazing! Both Wikispeed and their acceptance of Bitcoin!

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July 23, 2012, 06:40:05 PM
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Pretty cool...

"You guys are awesome".


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July 23, 2012, 06:41:08 PM
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Huge news, awesome. The bitcoin address is shown in the press release, but doesn't accompany the "bitcoin accepted here" logo elsewhere on the site, as far as I can tell.

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July 23, 2012, 06:42:10 PM
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Site store kinda messy. Could be done better.

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July 23, 2012, 06:44:08 PM
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hopefully they don't pull BFL on MPG
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July 23, 2012, 07:07:07 PM
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Wow!

I've first checked wikispeed few months ago and thought they will need at least year or two for a finished product... and now this... and Bitcoin... AWESOME!
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July 23, 2012, 07:12:32 PM
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Big news.  I imagine this is the most expensive product you can buy with Bitcoins outside of mining rigs from BFL.

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July 23, 2012, 07:18:35 PM
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OMFG THIS IS HUGE!!

Pirateat40, you going to pick one of these up with your profits from yesterday?

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July 23, 2012, 07:34:21 PM
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OP here.

We are very excited about this. And we really hope this will be greatly rewarding for Bitcoin and for WIKISPEED alike.

Finally, some competition for Lazslo's pizzas! Who will make history and be the first Bitcoin WIKISPEED car buyer?

Personally I see this as the moment when tunnel-drilling machines meet in the middle after years of working on their own: WIKISPEED and Bitcoin share a vision of a world that is made by us, for us. WIKISPEED on how to make complex stuff collaboratively, Bitcoin on solving the riddles of decentralized money.

I will be glad to answer any questions, just go ahead and ask.
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July 23, 2012, 07:35:34 PM
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Huge news, awesome. The bitcoin address is shown in the press release, but doesn't accompany the "bitcoin accepted here" logo elsewhere on the site, as far as I can tell.

The home page has a bitcoin graphic, but no click on it yields the address.

The press release is hosted on their site:
 - http://www.wikispeed.com/wikispeed-team-blog/wikispeed-first-car-maker-in-the-world-to-accept-bitcoin-press-release

The page isn't protected with SSL ( https:// ) though, which makes it vulnerable to a man-in-the-middle attack (in which the attacker replaces the bitcoin address and nothing else, and pockets the free bitcoins).

Looks like a few bitcoins contributions have occurred:
 - http://www.blockchain.info/address/12JiynsQcfNLbeWnM7cdnYGo3axPXDcwCV

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July 23, 2012, 07:45:32 PM
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I am on board for this, and the car actually looks good. I wonder if someone would make a ferrari skin for the chasis LOL *Cough* Ferrari 458 italia *COUGH*

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July 23, 2012, 07:57:19 PM
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OP here.

We are very excited about this. And we really hope this will be greatly rewarding for Bitcoin and for WIKISPEED alike.

Finally, some competition for Lazslo's pizzas! Who will make history and be the first Bitcoin WIKISPEED car buyer?

Personally I see this as the moment when tunnel-drilling machines meet in the middle after years of working on their own: WIKISPEED and Bitcoin share a vision of a world that is made by us, for us. WIKISPEED on how to make complex stuff collaboratively, Bitcoin on solving the riddles of decentralized money.

I will be glad to answer any questions, just go ahead and ask.


You work for wikispeed?

This is an awesome project, good job. You should work with bitcoincard to create a mesh network to get stats on the car use, as well as help out the bitcoin network. I checked the site, might have missed it, but how much will one of these cost?

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July 23, 2012, 08:01:05 PM
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I have some questions.

It looks like only 5k out of 50 was raised on the crowdfunding website linked in the article. (It appears closed/deadline over?)
What now? Are you guys still working on ways to raise money?

What engine is being used in the demo vehicle ? Why isn't it mentioned anywhere? Is there going to be a different one used in production?

Will there be a kit available for the X-prize car?


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July 23, 2012, 08:03:54 PM
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This is awesome. I particularly like the following qoutes from their blog post:

For the first time in history, it is now possible to purchase a car manufactured by a distributed, collaborative corporation using currency issued by no bank.

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A world where an open source car can be purchased with open source money is already a new world with new and exciting potential.

I want one of them cars!

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July 23, 2012, 08:04:49 PM
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I will be glad to answer any questions, just go ahead and ask.


It shows that you can purchase a $25,000 car which is a replica of the Project X vehicle.

But everywhere else on the page it shows how Wikispeed's strength is in its agile development and the fact that the car gets better each week.

So, will the $25k car be the same as the Project X vehicle or will it be an updated version based upon all of the new development?

Seeking Beta testers. PM me for more information.
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July 23, 2012, 08:08:58 PM
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Pretty soon you'll be able to buy a Moller SkyCar for bitcoins!

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July 23, 2012, 08:17:35 PM
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Pretty soon you'll be able to buy a Moller SkyCar for bitcoins!
LOL.
I'll sell you one. You send me 100k Bitcoins and I'll buy you a Moller car just as soon as they are in production.

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