Anyone that's ever tried to get divergent computer systems to play nice knows that it's not a trivial matter. And when two automakers come together, getting everyone on the same page is both enormously difficult and critically important if the enterprise is to succeed. Chrysler is all too familiar with lackluster enterprises thanks to failed marriage to Daimler, and with it's recent Italian tie-up, the (software) language barrier could cause some problems.
Legion are the electric car companies that start with a just a vision in someones mind's eye and a CAD program. Some of them go on to produce a prototype or 10, while others seem to only produce press releases. We won't even mention the outright fraudsters. ElektrikCar is the newest CAD EV to catch our attention and while it does share many of the same lines as the Lexus CS 2054 Concept (think Minority Report) it's still original enough to call their own.
We need one of these for when we finally get that Autoblog project car. It's called Fab@Home, and it's an open-source, desktop size fabrication rig; essentially a 3-dimesional printer. What the system allows you to do is fabricate complex parts with a simple, low cost rig. All you need are the materials and the geometric information, and you're on your way to making that fancy AutoBlog belt buckle.