Tesla Driver Runs In-car Full Bitcoin Node

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A Tesla-driving Bitcoin fan has married the two together to create the ultimate Bitcoin full node. Bcoin, a Bitcoin node and wallet backend provider, posted the ingenious modification on Twitter to show how the car’s connectivity can be utilized for the very important task of keeping the Bitcoin network honest.

Node on the Road

Running the node through the car’s browser and displaying it on the built-in display, the tweet threat included a video showing the blocks being downloaded to the car, although it wasn’t clear how the blockchain was being transmitted to the vehicle. Some claimed the blockstream satellite was the source, which would add a whole extra layer of cool.

Not everyone was enamored with the idea however, with respondents concerned about the impact on the car’s memory and processing of the user interface and the “wear on the internal storage”. As a concept however, it is pretty hard to beat.

If You’ve Got the Node-how…

If you haven’t got access to a Tesla, don’t worry – most people run a Bitcoin node on a computer. Running a Bitcoin node is very easy, and we’ve even put together a guide for making sure that you can run your node without slowing down your internet.

Running a full Bitcoin node is a comparatively easy process that involves downloading the latest official Bitcoin wallet and up to date blockchain to a device and keeping a continuous internet connection. By doing this you can name yourself as one of the 100,000-odd full node operators helping to keep the network maintain consensus.

If you don’t have a spare laptop or Raspberry Pi that you can use for the task, you could always get yourself an HTC Exodus 1s, which comes with the ability to run the full Bitcoin node…just be careful of the data usage.