Comma One autonomous car software announced by George Hotz for $999
The hacker recently unveiled the Comma One at the TechCrunch Disrupt. The Comma one is a $999 software and the first product from Hotz’s new startup Comma.ai.
The autonomous car has become a hot topic as big names like Uber, Google and even car manufacturers like Volvo and Tesla are working on making their best versions. Now we are hearing hacker George Hotz is getting ready to launch his own self-driving car software for $999.
The 26-year-old has been known for infiltrating Apple's iPhone, Sony's PlayStation 3 and for converting a 2016 Acura ILX into an autonomous vehicle. The hacker recently unveiled the Comma One at the TechCrunch Disrupt. The Comma one is a $999 software and the first product from Hotz’s new startup Comma.ai. The system can control a car without having the driver to touch the steering wheel, brake, or accelerator. It will also be available via a $24 monthly subscription fee.
It isn’t a kit, but a system that is said to be as good as Tesla’s autopilot system. The Comma One will support a small group of vehicles at launch, but in time the startup hopes to add more models.
Hotz said that the biggest differentiating factor with Comma one is ‘shippability’. While automakers and other startups announce self-driving car projects, these companies don’t even have hardware, let alone products they can sell to consumers. It won’t have a lot of sensors as the system relies on built-in car front radars and comes with a camera. “The key sensors that we’re getting back is the cam. We’re actually getting back the video, even Tesla isn’t doing that. If they are the iOS of self-driving cars, we want to be Android,” Hotz said.
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