Free Hardware Licenses
We intend for our hardware/software/vehicle design specifications to be adoptable by anyone according to prerogative, therefore U.S.-based guidelines are the subject of particular scrutiny at the time of the initial design phase due to our location. We encourage any and all modifications which can be incorporated into any global context safely.
We believe many government mandates constitute improper intervention into the creative processes involved in engineering, and, rather than promoting safety by allowing for free/open hardware/software designs that are open to public auditing and more quickly patched, may actually shield the public from knowledge of vulnerabilities. In addition, such mandates in many cases constitute unfair advantage and contribute to the domination of monopolistic forces, while limiting the ability of the public to audit, augment, improve upon, and submit designs of their own.
A number of federal/legal requirements govern/mandate the use and implementation of specific networking systems and devices for testing/communicating with functional components of vehicles. These regulations will potentially pose a number of problematic issues in terms of adhering to the principles of free and open software/hardware to which we are committed, as many of these mandates necessarily implement proprietary devices and systems, and/or involve trade secrets.
In order to work around such issues, we hope eventually to demonstrate the superior functionality of our own components assigned to equivalent tasks, and also to challenge the legality/morality of imposing restrictions on which types of hardware/networking systems can be used by vehicles operating on public highways, when there are demonstrably more efficient and non-proprietary alternatives available.
ISO Reference (2006) Road vehicles — Unified diagnostic services (UDS) — Specification and requirements:
federal safety guidelines, outlined in 1999, for vehicle safety in the U.S.:
We believe these standards need to be radically reconsidered in accordance with the complex demands of modern technologies. Standards for vehicle specifications that represent the interest of the ordinary consumer need to be expurgated of all nefarious proprietary product process mandating, and edited to incorporate more flexibility/facilitate consumer-unique design specification in accordance with a safety-oriented model that actually acknowledges the security failings of modern consumer cars in the context of the global technological economy.
However, as of now, they are the law of the land.
- Maryland has a bumper and frame height restriction of 20" for for Cars/SUVs, and a 28" limit for trucks.
- No suspension modifacation laws or tire size restrictions
- Maxmimum size is 102" wide, 13 feet 6" tall, and 45 feet long for one vehicle
- All vehicles in the state must have brakes on all 4 wheels. They need to be able to stop the car within 25 feet at 20MPH
- You also need a parking brake by law that is secondary
- even though you don't need a windshield under the law, if you have a windshield you need wipers
- Headlights and tailights, maximum limit of 4 front lights turned on while driving
- you must have a muffler