The following discussion questions are based on the primary reading below:
- Identify the differences in design philosophy between Riversimple’s fuel cell vehicle and the approach taken by conventional manufacturers, such as Mercedes-Benz
- Outline the business model adopted by Riversimple.
What types of innovation are evident in what Riversimple are doing ?
- What are likely to be the major barriers to success ?
How might Riversimple overcome these barriers ?
- Arduino has taken a similar ‘open source hardware’ approach to that which Riversimple is pursuing.
What lessons might Riversimple take from Arduino’s (and others’) experience ?
McDonald, A (2010), The open-source hydrogen car set to change the industry, The Ecologist, Jan 20th
Timmer, J (2010), Drones, Chumbys, and big business: the Open Hardware Summit, Ars technica, 23rd Sept
“Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.”
Economist (2010), The British car industry:Racing green, The Economist, June 17th
Wilkins, D (2011), One man heads back to the drawing board, The Independent, Feb 23