Open Source… Driverless Cars?

If you follow this blog, you may have figured out that I spend a massively disproportionate amount of my time trawling various business related media sources with the reckless abandon of a rabid monkey hopped up on caffeine. Most people have hobbies like skiing, or mountain biking, but reading stuff is mine. I’m a nerd, and that’s how it works. Recently, I’ve made a habit of listening to various Motley Fool Podcasts in the morning. One of these podcasts is called Industry Focus, a podcast which drills into cool happenings in different industries every episode. A couple of days ago, I was listening to an Industry Focus Podcast that talked about the technology industry as it appeared at South by Southwest (SXSW).

On this podcast was a focus on comma.ai. comma.ai touts themselves as being “Ghost riding for the masses,” and the company makes an open source module which can be installed on pre-existing cars for $1,000 or less. As if that wasn’t intriguing enough, the podcast contained an extended interview with George Hotz, the man behind comma.ai. Hotz first rose from anonymity by being the first person to hack an iPhone. This guy tells it straight; as evidence, Hotz is quoted on his former feud with Elon Musk of Tesla in The Virge as saying, “I’m an Elon Musk fan. He jerked me around, I jerked him around, we’re even.”

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