Vimal Ichharam Good news for Landy enthusiasts

Whilst Tata have cited decreasing profitability as the key reason for wanting to halt production of the iconic Landy, the good news is that new approaches to vehicle manufacture have thrown it a lifeline. No longer will the Landy be manufactured in Tata's sprawling complex in Birmingham, instead Tata now offers a manufacturing licence to manufacture which individuals can buy in the same way that they would buy a licence for a piece of software on their computers. The opencar (as in opensource) community have grabbed this opportunity and used the Local Motors template to setup the Landy workshop version. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azCRuwtE_n0. Landy will now be made and customized by the very people who love driving it!
Posted: 10 October 2013 at 08:06

Doug Vining Good news for Landy enthusiasts

Thanks for adding to the scenario with an open license to 'Make your own Landy'. A great idea!

I'm sure that, as 3D printing and other digital manufacturing techniques spread to prosumers, we will see more and more self-fabrication of complex products like cars, bikes and boats, but the design is complex and best co-sourced from the originators and enthusiasts, who can often make improvements.

I look forward to 'Opencar' and micro-manufacture of niche models in local markets - great way to go.
Posted: 16 October 2013 at 09:33

Doug Vining Getting less than you paid for

In this digital age of instant gratification, we buy goods and services which are delivered with terms and conditions we usually don't read. We're happy to get automatic updates and 'improvements' automatically downloaded from the cloud. But what happens when some of those updates mean that we end up with less than we had before?

Here are some examples of top tech companies removing features without asking our permission, and consumers can do little about it, except expose these actions on social media. The most telling point of these cases is that they were done to suit the vendor's business, with no thought to what the customer might prefer. Who said the customer has the power these days?
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Posted: 20 December 2013 at 10:03

Wolfgang Grulke Getting less than you paid for

Great post - raises some interesting questions! Not least of which is - "What exactly does 'less' mean?"
Posted: 20 December 2013 at 17:25
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