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TABBY

Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:57 pm

This occasionally pops up in my inbox. Anybody know if this is going anywhere?

https://www.osvehicle.com/osv-platform/
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Re: TABBY

Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:55 am

I predict they'll collect a good amount of $$$

As to whether anyone ever gets the makings of a car from them . . . . who knows? I think the whole thing could fold up any day

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Re: TABBY

Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:04 pm

I love the idea of it.

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Re: TABBY

Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:31 pm

Info from the Tabby newsletter re: webinars:

__________

Hi there,

We will be hosting a new OSVehicle webinar for different timezones to have an open and transparent conversation about our company. Our previous sessions were a breakout success.

However, we found that the majority of our followers did not fully understand the potential business opportunity -- providing an ecosystem for the development and billions of dollars in value creation through new automotive companies.

We’d like to invite you join us again, this time you will have our COO (Yuki) and me as panelists. This is your opportunity to ask questions LIVE. We'll cover topics that will clarify the vehicle development process.

We will have the webinar available for all timezones, and signups will be limited for the first 100 attendees. Reserve your spot now!

3 options:

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/09cbba ... 4dfea9e911
Silicon Valley Fri 4:00 PM Fri 4:45 PM
New York, Fri 7:00 PM Fri 7:45 PM
London, Fri 12:00 Midn Sat 12:45 AM
Hong Kong, Sat 7:00 AM Sat 7:45 AM
Check other timezones here

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/ef2b6a ... 1539e44ee6
Silicon Valley Mon 10:00 AM Mon 10:45 AM
New York, Mon 1:00 PM Mon 1:45 PM
London, Mon 6:00 PM Mon 6:45 PM
Hong Kong, Tue 1:00 AM Tue 1:45 AM
Check other timezones here

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/03fa66 ... 27e8486654
Silicon Valley Wed 6:00 PM Wed 6:45 PM
New York, Wed 9:00 PM Wed 9:45 PM
London, Thu 2:00 AM Thu 2:45 AM
Hong Kong, Thu 9:00 AM Thu 9:45 AM
Check other timezones here: here
Best,

Tin Hang, Liu
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Re: TABBY

Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:52 pm

An update from the Tabby folks regarding the Greek development of a Tabby platform:

https://www.osvehicle.com/project-belo/ ... i=32404754
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Re: TABBY

Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:14 am

OSVehicle video on the platform (quite informative): http://business.osvehicle.com/car-platf ... 750cfdfe31
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Re: TABBY

Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:00 pm

I hate to rain on anyone's parade - I'd really like to see them succeed. It is a neat concept, but I honestly don't see it catching on in a scale large enough for them to mass produce the rolling chassis

It could only be sold as an owner built 'Kit Car' because it would never meet the Federal standards to be mass produced - The battery pack is just a couple inches behind where the front bumper would be. Passing crash or rollover testing, and the multitude of other requirements for a legal mass produced vehicle would be nearly impossible. Even the fabrics used in the car interior must pass tests for burn rate, toxicity and so forth

I recall many years ago when I was stationed in Germany and people were wanting to buy European cars and ship them home to use in the USA - Even with a factory mass produced car like a European version Porsche which was never sold here, the requirements to get it made Federally legal were cost prohibitive - You had to make all sorts of changes - Lighting, interior materials and so forth and you couldn't import it until it was inspected and passed all of the stringent safety laws. It's much easier now because many more cars are built 'world legal' than they used to be

Dozens of companies have sold Kit Car 'kits' over the years, but none of them have ever sold very well, I think because only a small percentage of the population could build them by themselves without expensive expertise hired at cost prohibitive labor rates

After you've assembled this chassis in one hour, can you imagine how long it would take an average person to build a roadworthy body, with glass, doors, bumpers, interior appointments etc? Getting the *rest* of the car installed on the chassis could take hundreds of hours and cost you 2X as much as you paid for the rolling chassis, and then when you're done, you have a home made car which you probably could not sell for half what you invested . . . . *if* current laws would even allow you to sell it at all. Getting it licensed and registered in many states could also prove to be difficult, let alone being able to buy liability insurance so you could legally drive it on the public roads

I think it's more likely to be sold to those living in rural areas who need something to drive the 2 or 3 miles down their driveway to their mailbox out on the main road. But even for those folks, it may cost so much more than the golf cart they're using for that purpose now to ever be a big seller

When everything is factored in, this may cost as much or more as a new iMiEV and certainly twice as much as a good used one - Build a kit car for $15K, or buy a good used, road legal, factory produced car for half that?

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Re: TABBY

Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:38 am

I think those are excellent. Especially the taxi and wheelchair variants.
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Re: TABBY

Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:48 am

I believe TABBY has potential where companies: (1) want to avoid R&D, and (2) need speciality transportation, such as delivery, campus, and other, as the video says at the outset.

In any event, it's way too early to say they are a success or not. Given the size of the alleged market, however, TABBY could very well succeed.
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Re: TABBY

Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:39 pm

Phximiev wrote:I believe TABBY has potential where companies: (1) want to avoid R&D, and (2) need speciality transportation, such as delivery, campus, and other, as the video says at the outset.

In any event, it's way too early to say they are a success or not. Given the size of the alleged market, however, TABBY could very well succeed.


Saying this, I'm not too familiar with any Greek auto success stories... if it is a sole Greek venture ( only saw this on the phone during lunch)...

But who am I to judge.

As far as the future goes, this is exactly the kind of thing I imagine filling the autonomous vehicle segment, and parking/ charging automatically on my and everyone else's driveway during the night... Though I only imagine white ones for some reason.
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