Siemens PLM Software's open standards work-around, specifically its JT Open format, was another impetus for the partnership. As part of the agreement, Local Motors will adopt Siemens PLM Software's JT data format as the 3D standard for viewing all uploaded CAD models to the community and will offer a no-charge, browser-based 3D viewing capability based on the standard.
Local Motors' work with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the Rally Fighter, a combat support vehicle designed in four months, earned kudos from President Obama last summer at a manufacturing summit. Specifically, the president credited Local Motor's co-creation approach to vehicle design for collapsing development time and for its potential to save taxpayers billions of dollars in R&D costs.
Local Motors' next project is the Open Electric Vehicle, a crowdsourcing effort to create and design a reusable, open-source chassis that can be included in electric vehicles.