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njwilson2012
 USA
Open Source Auto Industry Printer Friendly Version
The auto industry today has some major flaws. You buy a new car for a large sum of money, after 10 or 12 years, the repair costs are more than the value of the car, so you toss it into a junkyard and buy a brand new car. The car companies are rewarded for making a car that is difficult to repair. In some cases, it seems like they are intentionally designed so that customers cannot work on them themselves. The cars must be taken to the dealer and the repair costs are outrageous.
Here's the solution: in the aeronautics industry, aircraft are designed for ease of maintenance. Many aircraft are designed to last 100 years and to have parts that are easily replaceable. The concept of designing products for a maximum life and ease of maintenance and repair is known as sustainment.
In the arms industry, many firearms are designed to maximize the compatibility of their parts. Parts for a Colt 1911 made in 2015 will be compatible with parts made in the 1930s. An AR-15 upper receiver made by Smith & Wesson is compatible with a lower receiver made by Bushmaster. Compatibility.
Last, in the world of open source software, the intellectual property is built by volunteers all around the world who wish to create a better product for themselves and everyone else. Also, projects like the Adruino have created open source hardware and have dramatically driven down the costs of custom circuit boards by opening their designs to the free market. This is the beauty of open source information.
What I want to do is to create a car company that uses the best of all of these worlds. Cars that are designed to last a lifetime because they are designed for ease of maintenance. Parts that will fit your car today, and in 50 years you will still be able to buy parts that fit. Last, all intellectual property will be open source. This means people from all over the world will be able to propose design improvements and create new 3D models using open source software. Also, this will open the door to the free market so manufacturers from all over the world will be able to manufacture parts that fit together. You can buy an engine from Honda and a transmission from Toyota and they will be compatible in the same car. Designing cars for sustainment and compatibility with open source information will revolutionize the auto industry. It will make cheap and reliable transportation available to everyone on the planet.
Reward: To change the world 

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Kogiman84
 USA
Pressure sensitive Break lights Printer Friendly Version
While driving, we often have people riding on the brakes but still maintaining a speed close to the care ahead of them. This causes people to then hit there brakes and causes an unsafe environment for all vehicles behind the person riding the breaks.
When a member wants to lightly keep their foot on the break while riding on the highway or street road, the break light would be a very dim light, and then when more pressure is put on the break light it will brighten to warn of an impending stop. When someone is to slam on the breaks there would not be a dim to bright, it would accelerate to bright light caused by the drivers pressure.
I believe that this would be a very beneficial addition to cars in all countries with the information received by the following driver reading the brightness of the cars ahead of it, thus reducing accidents caused by the breaking habits of other break riding drivers and people who like tailgate. You will have more warning.

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Steve
 Austria
GPS Shirts & License Plates Printer Friendly Version
I'm sure this has happened to others as well: You're in an unknown neighborhood, basically lost, but there are a few cars, bikes or even pedestrians around who seem to know where THEY are going. If one of them had the same goal as you, you could simply follow them. But then, how would you know...?
Here's where GPS shirts and license plates come to play. The license plate idea is kind of easier to implement: This would be a display beside your actual license plate which is attached to your real GPS in the car, and so the folks behind you can see where you're going.
The shirt would work similarly, with the place you're heading to displayed on the back of the shirt (either automatically via GPS, or to be inserted manually). Of course, it is nice to imagine this idea in an analogous and visual way - nowadays, however, you'd be more likely to implement it virtually: Create an app, have people enter their routes, and off you go.
Reward: One of those. 

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