George Hotz is such a computer geek that he refers to a modern car as “a computer.” He’s not exactly wrong, but he’s not exactly right, either. Still, he’s right enough that he was able to hack together a fairly viable autonomous car in the space of a couple months, with off-the shelf hardware. It’s also proven to be an effective tool for chapping Elon Musk’s ass.
First, let’s just clarify what this car can do, according to the Bloomberg report that broke the news. It’s an Acura ILX, and with Hotz’s modifications, it seems capable of autonomous driving at roughly the same level as Tesla’s autopilot.