A Tesla vehicle is now also capable of running a bitcoin node, as confirmed by a video shared on social networks.
The material posted on Twitter shows the screen of a Tesla. This screen shows the software for Bcoin browsers, which allows synchronization with a complete Bitcoin node through any device.
The video was published by the Bcoin account itself in the aforementioned social network. In another couple of messages, the same account showed through images the Bcoin control panel in the vehicle’s browser, visible on the dashboard screen.
A complete Bitcoin node is a device or server connected to the Bitcoin network. Its role is to validate the blockchain transactions and blocks. Currently, there are more than 10,000 public nodes of this type worldwide, according to Bitnodes site records.
While some enthusiasts celebrated the experiment, others were not so optimistic.
The idea was mainly questioned by processing risks that would endanger the vehicle’s navigation system and possible long-term damage to the Tesla’s memory system. “It is known that it has problems with the useful life of the memory module due to the limited read/write cycles,” he wrote.
Nodes on Android, HTC, Bluewallet
Beyond the curiosity that the case of Tesla represents, we can mention some background of nodes in mobile devices. For example, the Taiwanese cell phone manufacturer HTC launched in October 2019 the Exodus 1s model, which has the ability to run a full Bitcoin node. Thus, phone users can confirm transactions, in addition to having their own integrated wallet.
Recall that not any hardware device has the ability to run a Bitcoin node. This capacity depends on features such as RAM, stable internet connectivity and data storage capacity. With respect to this last feature, we can highlight that a complete copy of the Bitcoin blockchain data currently exceeds 258GB.