Notorious hacker George “geohot” Hotz created some buzz after his self-driving car/machine learning startup ‘comma.ai’ came out of stealth mode last year. Hotz released an email conversation he had with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in which he was offered a contract with a “multimillion-dollar bonus” for him to build a new Autopilot system for Tesla.
Hotz refused the offer and said that he could build a self-driving car system himself. He then reportedly made a bet with Musk that his system, which he installed in an Acura, will beat a Tesla Model S with Autopilot on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. At the time (Dec 2015), the hacker said that he would release a video of the challenge “in a few months”.
We have yet to see that video, but now it looks like the rules of the challenge have changed.
comma.ai is not just Hotz working alone in his garage anymore. It was revealed last month that the startup secured funding from high-profile VC firm Andreessen Horowitz — potentially bringing the startup’s valuation to $20 million.
The news was confirmed this week when the fund reported leading a $3.1 million investment in the company.
Now comma.ai and Hotz has taken to Twitter to challenge Musk and Tesla again:
The new challenge is to build the first vehicle that can autonomously navigate San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge without human intervention. According to the Guardian, Musk hasn’t responded.
While still talking about Musk and Tesla, Hotz followed up:
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