Could Tesla's Patent Releases Mean a Return of Coachbuilding?

I’d love to see someone with more spare time take on the research to this question, but my immediate thought after hearing about Tesla’s release of patents was how it could affect small-volume automakers looking for a technological underpinning. If I were Pininfarina or any of the design-focused car companies, I’d be rather intrigued by today’s news.

And bonus question: Could an upstart buy a retired car company and build new cars on Tesla’s platform?

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