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IN Science & Technology ON 25 Oct, 2016
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.
George is an American hacker known for unlocking the iPhone, allowing the phone to be used with other wireless carriers.
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.
George completed a wild, improbable experiment into artificial intelligence and self-driving cars, last year out of San Francisco garage.
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.
And guess what? He just used affordable electronics that any nerd on the street can purchase. Whoaa...!
...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!)
The software for the self-driving car he created was achieved with only 2000 lines of code, compared to his competitors which have millions.
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.
Hotz's getting ready to take on the grown-ups of the automotive world, and he will probably keep having fun along the way.
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