George Hotz who shot to fame after jailbreaking the first ever iPhone at the age of 17 is now planning to launch a self-drive kit by the end of 2016. Last year he has started his self-drive car start-up named Comma.ai in San Francisco. According to the latest reports, Hotz is now ready to start shipping the self-drive kit named Comma One.
The system tracks driver habits and then instructs the car to follow the same driving style. It would slow down the car and take corners at the same speed as most of the drivers. Comma.ai takes all the data from good drivers and even from bad drivers so that it knows what to do or what not to do in the real world. All of these would gather massive amount of data, and by the end of 2018 Comma.ai should have information about 1 billion miles. An app named Chffr for Nexus 6P, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 for now will track your driving data and feed them back to Comma.ai’s database. You would earn more “Comma points” as more miles you clock. According to George Hotz, those who would be at the top of the leader board would be rewarded with some great gifts.
The rectangular self-installable device would replace the rear view mirror and the camera. The kit would cost $999 and $24 per month for the software subscription. Right now the kit would work only in some specific models from Honda and Acura. Considering the company’s age the Comma.ai has built a great system which is a kind of advanced cruise control.
Unlike the Google or Tesla self-drive systems, one does not require a complete new car in order to use this device. You just need to buy the kit which will make your existing car smarter than before. According to Hotz the system is on par with the Tesla’s autopilot feature.
Sadly there are no confirmed news available regarding the Comma One’s launch in global markets.