Open Source Self-Driving
Hitting bad weather on a highway is stressful and dangerous, with high speed winds, reduced visibility and the risk of hydroplaning. But a new video shows that self-driving car tech is making impressive strides in dealing with stormy conditions.
The video, uploaded by Logan LeGrand today, shows a modified 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback easily maintaining its 40 mph speed through a heavy downpour.
The smart vehicle also spots a slowing car in front of it with plenty of time to spare, alerting LeGrand with a bright red message that reads “take control immediately.” Despite the warning, the driver barely has to touch the steering wheel as the car handles the situation itself.
The brains behind the impressive demonstration come courtesy of Comma.ai, an AI startup founded by storied hacker George Hotz. The company’s Openpilot software is able to override the conventional self-driving assistance features of current-generation cars.
The first iteration of the software was packed into a complete $999 package called the Comma One, which was announced at a tech event in 2015. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration immediately took issue with the system, forcing Hotz to shut down the startup’s project.
But that wasn’t the end of it. In November 2016, Comma.ai open-sourced the project, warning users they were on their own if anything went badly.
Since then, it’s been kept alive by self-driving car enthusiasts, with the startup claiming in May that it hit 10 million miles driven on Openpilot.
READ MORE: OpenPilot – Self Driving In A Rainstorm [YouTube]
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