Thursday December 01, 2016

GeoHotz Giving Away Code To His Self-Driving Car Project

Let me see if I got this straight. In April, Hotz gets and investment of over $3 million to fund his self-driving car kit. Six months later refuses to answer questions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how his product works and cancels his product. Fast forward to today where he is now giving away the code for free. Yikes, it sure seems like this guy is just a glutton for punishment.

People who want to tinker with Comma Neo and Open Pilot will need much more than the Github code, though. First, it only works with specific Hondas and Acuras. The Neo side of the project also requires a special OS (called NeOS), and the only Android phone that can run it is the OnePlus 3. Hotz says that this is because it’s the only phone that’s open enough (it’s bootloader unlockable) and that has the specs (particularly the Snapdragon 820 processor) and cameras capable of running’s software. They’ll also need to 3D-print the Comma Neo housing. "We’re not shipping a product," Hotz said. "We’re shipping alpha software really for research purposes only. We do not provide any guarantees."