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Author Topic: This is HUGE: WIKISPEED, first car-maker in the world to accept Bitcoin  (Read 18065 times)
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July 24, 2012, 03:50:05 AM
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The question needs to be asked....Could you take the principles used at wikispeed and apply them to aircraft manufacturing ?

Im thinking here of a wikispeed personal aircraft...

What principles are used at Wikispeed that would help manufacture aircraft better than what we're doing now?

The hardest part of designing an aircraft isn't designing it, 90% of it is passing all the damn tests to get it certified and getting certification on every damn little thing you want to do.  Sadly, a major part of what makes an airplane design "great" is how long it's been flown without any problems, as safety is on more people's minds than features.

Here's where you start:
http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/airworthiness_certification/

Sure, it would take capital to do the paperwork, but you can crowdsource the tests to people who are building prototypes along with you.  You each specialize in one area and send parts around.  That's how.

So the Wikispeed secret is to find qualified unpaid volunteers willing to risk their lives as test pilots being the first to climb into some untested contraption and hit the throttle?

It worked for the US Air Force ?

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July 24, 2012, 04:02:16 AM
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Soooo awesome.

And, finally, the main business-case for Bitcoin has been vindicated...

"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."

^ get ready to see that on most online retailers within a couple years (this would double the profit margin of a company like Amazon, btw).
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July 24, 2012, 04:26:52 AM
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Soooo awesome.

And, finally, the main business-case for Bitcoin has been vindicated...

"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."

^ get ready to see that on most online retailers within a couple years (this would double the profit margin of a company like Amazon, btw).

Not passing the savings on would double their margin right? Passing it on would increase sales by some unknown amount.

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July 24, 2012, 05:07:30 AM
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Um, maybe the ~1,400 lb. weight helps just a smidge.
The Insight weighs ~1800 pounds. The difference is big for a car, but not 50+ MPG different. Like sedan to SUV different...
It would weigh a lot less without the huge battery pack as well...

Hrm.

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July 24, 2012, 05:12:47 AM
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that good news,what time chinese company receiving bitcoin?
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July 24, 2012, 11:51:33 AM
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Um, maybe the ~1,400 lb. weight helps just a smidge.
The Insight weighs ~1800 pounds. The difference is big for a car, but not 50+ MPG different. Like sedan to SUV different...
It would weigh a lot less without the huge battery pack as well...

Hrm.

The entire Insight (2000) battery pack with controllers and fan weighs less then 80lbs.  People have rebuilt the packs with newer lighter batteries as well. 

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July 24, 2012, 06:21:51 PM
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The entire Insight (2000) battery pack with controllers and fan weighs less then 80lbs.  People have rebuilt the packs with newer lighter batteries as well. 
Well I'll be damned. Still, it's a bit lighter that the 3100 lb sedan I drove to and from work this morning...

I'll stop being skeptic when this car is delivered...

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July 24, 2012, 07:47:13 PM
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this is really cool.

that said, these people, like all who see the power and benefit of Bitcoin, are really about 10 years ahead of their time.
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July 24, 2012, 07:50:55 PM
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I call vaporware.

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July 24, 2012, 07:55:17 PM
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Can't wait to see this on the news...when the first person to take this on the road gets crushed like a paper cup by a truck. Sounds like a piece of shit.
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July 24, 2012, 08:08:15 PM
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I would seriously consider buying this.

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July 24, 2012, 08:08:20 PM
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Can't wait to see this on the news...when the first person to take this on the road gets crushed like a paper cup by a truck. Sounds like a piece of shit.


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July 24, 2012, 08:11:55 PM
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Can't wait to see this on the news...when the first person to take this on the road gets crushed like a paper cup by a truck. Sounds like a piece of shit.

Let me guess, you drive a big truck and like to text while you put on your makeup. 
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July 24, 2012, 10:01:33 PM
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I somehow also have the feeling their project is running out of money and they desperately hope for some early adopter willing to chip in some of his coins really fast or else Wikiwikispeed is history.
Maybe I'm wrong. I hope I'm wrong but somehow if Bitcoin and wikiwikispeed is such a perfect match, why so late?
Lets see.


Can't wait to see this on the news...when the first person to take this on the road gets crushed like a paper cup by a truck. Sounds like a piece of shit.

Let me guess, you drive a big truck and like to text while you put on your makeup. 

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July 24, 2012, 10:10:44 PM
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sooo, just how real is this thing??

Have any working prototypes been built yet?
How long has the project been going?
How much capital have the owner(s) invested into it?
Can we see the quotes from testing facility to show how much that actually cost?

etc, etc??

If you're not excited by the idea of being an early adopter 'now', then you should come back in three or four years and either tell us "Told you it'd never work!" or join what should, by then, be a much more stable and easier-to-use system. - GA
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July 24, 2012, 11:16:58 PM
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I am waiting to buy a new car - make one that doesn't let the water in and I'll buy it!

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July 24, 2012, 11:24:18 PM
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I am waiting to buy a new car - make one that doesn't let the water in and I'll buy it!

Same here.  I understand why they would want to remove the doors and the structures that they require on a car, but the thing has to have a roof of some kind where I live; which is no where near the West Coast.
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July 24, 2012, 11:44:15 PM
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I think we are at the beginning of a new world. Wikispeed represents a new way of manufacturing and delivering high quality products to customers at a very affordable price. Bitcoins represents a new way to conduct commerce across the globe. I'm excited about all the possibilities that this new world will bring. I think Bitcoin and companies like Wikispeed are building a new platform where a new revolutions will take place. Something like the industrial revolution but at global scale and in a way we can't imagine.

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July 24, 2012, 11:54:20 PM
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I think we are at the beginning of a new world. Wikispeed represents a new way of manufacturing and delivering high quality products to customers at a very affordable price. Bitcoins represents a new way to conduct commerce across the globe. I'm excited about all the possibilities that this new world will bring. I think Bitcoin and companies like Wikispeed are building a new platform where a new revolutions will take place. Something like the industrial revolution but at global scale and in a way we can't imagine.

+1

The exact analogy I was going to pen, using the industrial revolution with Henry Ford as the primary example.

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July 25, 2012, 12:19:40 AM
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I think we are at the beginning of a new world. Wikispeed represents a new way of manufacturing and delivering high quality products to customers at a very affordable price. Bitcoins represents a new way to conduct commerce across the globe. I'm excited about all the possibilities that this new world will bring. I think Bitcoin and companies like Wikispeed are building a new platform where a new revolutions will take place. Something like the industrial revolution but at global scale and in a way we can't imagine.

Actually, Wikispeed doesn't represent the first company to successfully do this kind of crowdsourcing design & manufacturing in the auto industry, that honor undoubtedly belongs to Local Motors Corporation with the Rally Fighter.

http://rallyfighter.com/

And this is most certainly not vaporware.
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