Collective Cars

Washington D. C. - Submitted by tedks on Jan 22 2014

The hassel of finding parking in DC becomes but a bitter memory as residents abandon personal cars in favor of collective car ownership shares. These non-profits managed by local hackerspaces retrofit self-driving cars with mobile devices allowing them to plug into the collective's network.

Open-source mobile apps allow residents to summon self-driving cars on demand, releasing them afterwards to stay useful rather than park.

Membership fees are proportionate to income. Collectives in other cities can "peer" with each other, allowing their members access to the remote collective. Non-members ride for gas cost plus a constant fee.

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Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
tedks
Jan 22 2014
8:34 PM
On the development side, this future requires hackers ready to build control units that can be implanted in cars, mobile mesh networks (already present in DC in the form of Project Byzantium of HacDC), and routing software.
BekBlayton
Jan 22 2014
11:42 PM
There also needs to be a cultural shift in 'ownership' and privacy!
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What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Captain Maker
Jan 22 2014
6:27 PM
I love that this might come out of hackerspaces...
tedks
Jan 22 2014
8:33 PM
This future, like others, depends on a standardized interface to control autonomous vehicles. While this is within the reach of the open source movement, it will be a major point of contention and a possible central point of failure.
Roadblocks( 2 )
What could get in the way of this future?
tedks
Jan 22 2014
8:32 PM
Currently, insurance laws and companies are the major obstacle for collective car ownership on the small scale. Since hackerspaces tend to be organized as nonprofit corporations, they could register insurance, but this might be too expensive to allow the project to get off the ground.
Jonezen
Jan 23 2014
5:37 AM
Would DC have unique security considerations in and around certain monuments, buildings and agencies for this type of program? I don't know if it would be as much of an issue in most other cities.