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Comma One Founder Makes Semi-Autonomous System Free to All

Hotz eliminates governmental red tape by open sourcing project.

by on Dec.02, 2016's George Hotz at the introduction of the Comma One: an aftermarket device giving cars semi-autonomous capability for $999. Photo credit: TechCrunch.

Less than a month after deciding that dealing with standard government protocol was more than he could bear, founder George Hotz has had a rethink – and found way around the interference he so reviled for his Comma One semi-autonomous system.

He announced on the website he open sourced the software code and robotics research platform for the driver-assistance system. By doing so, he can’t really make a profit off the program, but it does make it immune to involvement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tech News!

Anyone looking to get in on the ground floor of the next stage of the code can get it for free through GitHub. (more…)

Autonomous Vehicle Companies Drawing More Investors

Zoox attracts $50 million in new cash.

by on Nov.09, 2016

The development of autonomous vehicles is one of four trends that will dramatically reshape the industry in the next 15 years.

The race to develop autonomous vehicles continues to pick momentum and new participants.

Zoox, a start-up company based in Menlo Park, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, has rounded up $50 million in latest round thanks to investor interest in self-driving vehicles. The success of Zoox fund raising has pushed its valuation to $1.55 billion.

The Journal of Record!

The company elected to move ahead with raising additional cash after big investments in autonomous vehicle technology by Alphabet’s Google, General Motors and Uber Technologies, according to The Wall Street Journal. (more…)

Comma One Maker Pulls Semi-Autonomous Add On Device

Company founder claims he'd rather invent things than deal with government.

by on Oct.28, 2016's George Hotz at the introduction of the Comma One: an aftermarket device giving cars semi-autonomous capability for $999.

The promise of an aftermarket system to make your car semi-autonomous … as quickly as it was here, it was gone. introduced the new aftermarket add-on at a trade show in San Francisco last month that allows anyone with $999 and who is willing to pay the $24 a month subscription fee to turn their vehicle into a nearly self-driving beast.

The Last Word!

As is usually the case with new technology, wiring up your car with a device made from off-the-shelf parts and turning it loose on the freeway isn’t as simple as it seems. Federal regulators, namely the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, had a few questions about the new device. (more…)