Tesla owner builds a bitcoin mining rig in a Model S to use free Supercharger power

The buzz around bitcoin is bigger than ever as the value of the cryptocurrency surged to $10,000 – making the entire value of the market worth over $170 billion.

Now the bitcoin world is even encroaching in the Tesla world as a Model S owner built a cryptocurrency mining rig in his electric car.

For those not familiar with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, they require crowdsourced computing power to process transactions and maintain the blockchain, which acts as a ledger of the entire currency.

People who contribute to that computing power are called “miners” and they are compensated with the same cryptocurrency.

At the core of it, it comes down to computing hardware and electricity. You want to maintain those costs as low as possible in order to keep your mining profitable.

For those reasons, people are often suggesting that the powerful Autopilot computer in Tesla’s vehicles could be used to mine bitcoins when it’s not being used by the Autopilot system.

But that would require Tesla to enable access to that computer and I think most people would agree that it is better left to be used by the Autopilot, which powers some important active safety features.

Now a member of the Tesla Owner Worldwide group on Facebook jokingly suggested using the electricity aspect of Tesla’s vehicles instead of the computing power.

Another member of the forum took it more seriously and built a mining rig to fit the back of his Model S (picture credit: Michael Pearson‎): […]

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