George Hotz, an American hacker, famed iPhone and Playstation cracker, CEO and founder of comman.ai, is now resurrecting his comma.ai, SelfDriving Car Project Code and giving away his self-driving car project code and in fact, it is already on Github, so we speak.
Instead of selling the physical product, he released the Self-Driving Car Project Code that was canceled in October. This time he is selling the software, as well as the plans for the necessary hardware, which he calls Comma Neo.
During the press event in San Francisco house, the Comma.ia's headquarters, George Hotz' framed the self-driving car software, which he called the Open Pilot, as an alternative to Tesla's Autopilot. He says that the Open Pilot and Comma Neo combination "provides almost all the same functionality as Autopilot 7, the second most recent version of a self-driving software from Tesla."
Comma Neo and Open Pilot only works with Hondas and Acuras and also requires a special OS called NeOS, and would only run on OnePLus 3. Hotz explained that is the only phone that's open enough and that has the specs and cameras capable of running comma.ai's software. 3D-printing of the Comma Neo housing is also needed.
Early this year, Hotz announced his plan of creating and selling a $999 aftermarket kit called "Comma One". It could add semi-autonomous capabilities to Honda Civics and some Acura cars.
Comma One received a lot of criticism as Comma.ai is approaching the release date of the product. In response, Hotz discussed the ability of Comma One like the lane-keep assist feature. It is an advanced driver assistance system. It does not remove any of the drivers responsibilities from the task of driving.
A week after, Hotz received a letter for Comma.ai from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) regarding the concern that Comma One "would put the safety of their customers and other road users at risk."