Local Motors was approached by Joe Speed, at the time IBM’s Internet of Things leader, to collaborate on creating an open source connected car, together with IBM and Intel for the IMB Impact show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

A challenge it was and it opened a new world to a company not known for it’s lack of technology to start with! In order to get cars connected they had to update their knowledge and skills of technologies like


  • We have control via Node-RED and MQTT of the Hazard lights, headlights, door locks, and windshield wipers.
  • What cool demo should we do at the IBM IMPACT event to mimic real world needs or show off the capabilities of open source IoT and Cloud in things that roll?

How could we implement this cool open source technology into our projects here at Local Motors?

And this is what it all created: The Rally Fighter in it’s glory!