- Oct 6, 2011
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This may be a bit of subject, but was too cool to not talk about it! George Hotz otherwise known as "GeoHotz" or the father of jailbreaking is pretty well known in the hacking community. Many Android fans know him as the guy that swooped in and claimed the $20k bounty for the Galaxy S5 root. Many other hackers and security experts had worked on the S5 before calling the task of rooting it impossible. Others may know him for his work jailbreaking the PS3 after Sony sent out an update removing the feature which allowed users to run Linux on the system.
Hotz has put the black hat hacking behind him in favor of working for big tech companies. He has bounced from job to job all of which were just not intellectually satisfying for him. He turned down a multimillion dollar deal from Elon Musk to work on Tesla's Autopilot system. He has decided to create his own self driving car system. He calls it Comma ai and it will be a direct competitor to Mobileye which powers Tesla's autopilot system.
This is based on the Acura ILX Sedan. It's currently a month or so in the making and already kind of works. Hotz says that it is different in that it learns from human drivers and mimics natural driving rather than being programmed to a set of predetermined rules. To train his system he will be driving Uber for the next month or so. Eventually Hotz hopes to sell his system to automakers or to consumers directly as an aftermarket kit for about $1,000. How cool would it be if you could convert your existing car to a self driving car for $1,000? Any of you interested in something like this?