Last month we heard that George Hotz had cancelled his Comma One self driving hardware after they were contacted by regulators in the US about the device and the software.
Now George Hotz has announced that he is making his self driving software open source and also making the plans for his self driving hardware away for free, the hardware is now called Comma Neo.
The software is now called Open Pilot and it is apparently an open source alternative to Tesla’s Auto Pilot. According to George Hotz, his Open Pilot software and the Comma Neo provides almost the same functions as Tesla’s autopilot 7.
George Hotz revealed that they decided to make the software and hardware open source as a way to sidestep the NHTSA and the California DMV.
NHTSA only regulates physical products that are sold,” Hotz said. “They do not regulate open source software, which is a whole lot more like speech.” He went on to say that “if the US government doesn’t like this [project], I’m sure there are plenty of countries that will.”
Source The Verge