IPhone jail breaker will receive $ 3.1 million for developing self-driving car

Apr

5

2016

George Hotz, better known as the hacker Geohot, has raised an investment of 3.1 million dollars to develop its self-driving car. He wants to release a kit under one thousand dollars to ordinary cars partly to run independently by the end of the year.

The investment of the equivalent of 2.7 million euros has been made ​​by the American investment company Andreessen Horowitz, previously put money into Oculus, Instagram and Twitter. The company that George Hotz has been set up to develop the technology called comma.ai , and is currently looking for new employees to expand the existing four-man team. Hotz says it wants to create the smallest possible ‘elite team’ and is looking for “the kind of person that YouTube can make within a month.”

Chris Dixon, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, wrote that he was skeptical at first when he learned of the plans from Hotz. When he found him, however, he was excited and there is now convinced that ‘the system of Hotz is a textbook example of WhatsApp effect for artificial intelligence. Comma.ai put machine learning to develop a system that learns would react based on how a person in certain traffic situations. It is intended to deliver a system before the end of the year that can be used in newer cars, which those on major roads can run independently.

According to Hotz is the absolute minimum requirement that the car has electronic power steering and automatic braking. The operation of the comma.ai system is broadly in line with the autopilot feature of Tesla, with the addition that the actions of the driver system learns. The ultimate goal is full autonomy. The 26-year-old hacker hopes that automakers open their APIs for his company. He adds, however, that he himself can modify the software in the event that he can not access.

The project of Hotz started with a Acura-model and easy to obtain components in its own garage with the aim to defeat the ‘driver assist’ technology of Mobileye. Under the name Geohot Hotz knew at seventeen to make a jailbreak for the iPhone and is also known for its PlayStation 3 exploit.

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