Comma.ai cancels the Comma One following NHTSA letter
Famend iPhone hacker turned entrepreneur George Hotz (aka geohot) has cancelled his autonomous driving startup’s first official product, the Comma One aftermarket add-on that might’ve allowed sure automobiles to realize Autopilot-like freeway driving help talents.
Hotz introduced the information on the Comma.ai official Twitter account, noting that the choice to cancel was made after he obtained a letter from the Nationwide Freeway and Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA). The NHTSA letter defined that given its mandate of guaranteeing security on U.S. roadways, it wanted to make sure the Comma One is compliant with rules earlier than it may be provided on the market.
NHTSA then issued a “particular order” directed at Comma.ai, which insisted that the corporate present detailed solutions to 15 questions associated to Comma One, its design, testing practices and data concerning security trials, supposed goal autos and anticipated gross sales timeline. These look like pretty normal necessities for a tool that purports to have the ability to take over operation of your automotive, even when solely in restricted circumstances.
Hotz tweeted from the official Comma.ai account that reasonably than offering the requisite response, the corporate would as a substitute be cancelling Comma One fully, and turning its consideration to “different merchandise and markets,” since Hotz says that the prospect of a life “coping with regulators and attorneys… isn’t price it.” Hotz famous that he was tweeting from Shenzhen, China, which might counsel he was within the strategy of engaged on some side of Comma One’s manufacturing.
The Comma One was unveiled for the primary time at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this previous September, when Hotz offered the product and introduced that it will be transport to early prospects by the top of this yr. On stage, I requested Hotz about issues of safety and issues, however he expressed confidence that Comma One wasn’t doing something present know-how available on the market doesn’t already provide.
Hotz had criticized rivals for not with the ability to truly ship autonomous or driver-assistance options on stage, and in addition detailed a collection of exchanges between himself and Tesla CEO Elon Musk round a possible job provide for Hotz on the electrical automotive firm.
We’ve reached out to Hotz for more information on the Comma One cancellation and what sort of various merchandise and markets Comma.ai is subsequent, however had not obtained a response in time for publication. The total NHTSA letter obtained by Comma.ai is embedded under.