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Techie wants you to hack and automate your car

Jul 19, 2017, 7:54 AM EDT
(Source: Keith/flickr)
(Source: Keith/flickr)

Autonomous driving startup, Comma.ai, has launched a DIY kit that lets users hack their existing cars and ramp them up with some self-driving features. The hardware component, called Panda, plugs into a vehicle's OBDII port and can work with the company’s software Cabana, letting the users write codes for automatic features, given the car has built-in sensors.

George Hotz, founder of Comma.ai, claims that the new $88 universal car interface is a way to democratize access to all the car information, which is restricted only to the manufacturer, notes The Verge.

Earlier, Hotz’ company, after being denied clearance by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, released the codes for a retail version of its hardware, making it an open source project, writes Mashable.