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Comma One is part of George Hotz's startup Comma.ai and only works with a small number of cars. Comma One works with its camera and your car's radar (Image via Comma.ai)

 

Like 3D Printing and VR/AR... the autonomous, self-driving, car is the new hot thing to get in on. One company did just that. Is there room for more?

 

With new automated features like self-parking and self-start up being introduced to cars every year, it's only a matter of time before they start driving themselves. After all that's what countless sci-fi movies promised us in the future. George Hotz, iPhone and PlayStation hacker, is bringing us one step closer to the self-driving car with his startup Comma.ai.

 

Hotz recently revealed the first product from Comma.ai dubbed the Comma One. This is a semi-autonomous driving kit that works with your car's front radar and Comma One's camera. While the kit doesn't take full control of your car, it will take over part way. Keep in mind it won't work with every car. According to Hotz, the kit has as much power to Tesla's Autopilot even though it doesn't fully turn your car into a self-driving vehicle.

 

Aside from attempting to work with current cars the Comma One stands out from other automotive devices because it uses video feed to collect its data. Hotz also points out how Comma One is almost ready to hit the market. He points out how other companies announce self-driving projects, but don't have the hardware or actual product in mind.

 

The Comma One will sell retail for $999, which aims to be affordable when compared to other similar devices and cars. But before you plan to get one know that it will only be released later this year in limited quantities. During this initial launch, the Comma One will support a small selection of cars. The company is hoping to make it compatible with more models over time.

 

As we saw with the Telsa car, you need to be careful when considering the Comma One. Right now it's hard to know how well the device will actually work on the road. Will it be safe? How will it respond in tight situations and accidents, like skidding? And since it doesn't make your car fully automated, how will it affect our driving? We'll have to wait until next year to find out. For now, we'll have to deal with the headache of driving on our own.

 

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