You are right Alex! 8)
The point is: It is one thing to build inexpensive cars. It is entirely another thing to build a kit that can be built into different kinds of vehicles. Like the Model T, it is easy to build, but with a slightly different part list it can be a Model R or a Model S. The engine is the heart (where the money is), but the brain is a computer based on open source software (where the "connection" is). The computer is adapted to the Model being built. This mimics our power2people
plan. We are looking a setting up a tightly bounded "open source" _build-a-personal-transportation-vehicle_ project.
As mentioned, this can be tied to a satellite network, etc. - a super OnStar if you will. This would seem to be a competitive advantage if organized properly and could be set up comparatively quickly. I completely disassembled/assembled a jeep engine in a morning as a teenager. That is what emerging markets need. The other "high-tech" part is the computer/communications system that links you to the rest of the world. Make the internet part of the car. The network is the car. :) (credit to Sun/Gage). As you know, if you get the world participating with you, you have long term interaction.
We think Device ID and identity management are all part of this. We have been working with smart cards for years and we see the car as a "platform."
Are you interested? We have more detail and information to share. This opportunity fully leverages the core motivations behind the open source movement - not to mention the co-marketing/collaboration possibilities with Universities worldwide.
"Winning in business takes innovation, sometimes you have to create a market where none exists to survive.
(Raquel and) Bill