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Guy Who First Hacked The iPhone Built A Self-Driving Car In His Garage

Self-driving cars have become a hot area of industry for the world's top tech companies. While car makers like Tesla and tech firms like Google and Baidu are racing to deliver the world's first fully autonomous vehicles, 26-year-old George Hotz has managed to get a 2016 Acura ILX to drive itself.

It would be surprising to you, by knowing that he worked alone for only a month and developed the car in his own garage.

Let's take a look at the whole story.

Guy Who First Hacked The iPhone Built A Self-Driving Car In His Garage

Guy Who First Hacked The iPhone Built A Self-Driving Car In His Garage

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George Hotz aka 'Geohot' unveiling the world's first unlocked iPhone.

George Hotz aka 'Geohot' unveiling the world's first unlocked iPhone.

George is an American hacker known for unlocking the iPhone, allowing the phone to be used with other wireless carriers.

If George Hotz's name sounds familiar, that's because it was all over the news not too long ago.

If George Hotz's name sounds familiar, that's because it was all over the news not too long ago.

He got popular by developing the 'limera1n' jailbreak tool and bootrom exploit for iOS. Also, he was noted for his technical efforts with reverse engineering the Playstation3 video game console.

Now this project headed on a collision course with Apple's self-driving car.

Now this project headed on a collision course with Apple's self-driving car.

George completed a wild, improbable experiment into artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, last year out of San Francisco garage.

Hotz started working on the self-driving car in October 2015

Hotz started working on the self-driving car in October 2015

And soon the car was full of electronics, including an Intel NUC mini computer, a couple of GPS units, a lidar on the roof and a communications switch. Oh, and a lot of duct tape. 

Hotz revealed that he hacked an Acura ILX to become a self-driving car.

Hotz revealed that he hacked an Acura ILX to become a self-driving car.

And guess what? He just used affordable electronics that any nerd on the street can purchase. Whoaa...!

The hack uses the cameras...

The hack uses the cameras...

...mounted on the front and back on the roof that plug into the computer in the glove box. To top it off, he added a 21.5-inch touch screen to the dash and replaced the gear shift with a joystick controller. (Hmm..Techy! Techy!)

And that's extremely impressive.

And that's extremely impressive.

The software for the self-driving car he created was achieved with only 2000 lines of code, compared to his competitors which have millions.

Now plans to 'crush Mobileye' (a competing self-driving car kit maker used by Tesla).

Now plans to 'crush Mobileye' (a competing self-driving car kit maker used by Tesla).

Superhacker has now created a new company named 'Comma.ai'.

"We've figured out how to phrase the driving problem in ways compatible with deep learning," Hotz said.

Comma has received $3.1m from well-known investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Comma has received $3.1m from well-known investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Hotz's getting ready to take on the grown-ups of the automotive world, and he will probably keep having fun along the way. 

Watch the Hotz's car in action:

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