The Universal Car Project (Summer 2011) IPRO 348
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The Universal Car Project is an attempt to utilize the web to design and specify a “universal” platform upon which a wide range of functional vehicles can be designed for developing countries. The method for developing the car will be to start with a “wiki-type” organization that will develop the standards for the basic platform, including wheel-base, construction method, materials, and standard mounting points. Once the basic platform has been standardized, the rest of the car will have an “open architecture”. Everyone who has interest and expertise could utilize the basic platform to design parts/assemblies to turn it into a complete vehicle. Individuals/companies/countries would be able to customize the platform to produce any type of vehicle that was needed or desired. This IPRO will design the process for developing the Universal Car Organization (UCO), which would design and license the basic platform and make sure that its standards were maintained. The UCO would also certify that parts/assemblies were attachable to the basic platform. Otherwise they would allow individuals/companies/countries to design and build whatever type of vehicles needed in their countries/regions. This would utilize the expertise of many more individuals and companies than is now available to the automobile industry.