With that in thoughts, Comma AI returned to Vegas (for CES) to indicate off its newest product, the Comma Two. Since 2016, the corporate has launched hardware and software program that takes the ADAS (Superior driver-assistance programs) options of a automobile and in some instances supercharges them.
I had the chance to test-drive a Honda Civic with the brand new Comma Two hardware operating the corporate’s open-source OpenPilot software program. On Las Vegas floor streets, the outcomes have been spectacular. When activated, the system had almost Tesla Autopilot-level management of the automobile. It centered itself in lanes with none ping-ponging (transferring forwards and backwards between the lane strains) and had no points going by intersections.
It additionally provides stop-and-go capabilities. Sometimes (until the automobile is a high-end luxurious automobile), when a automobile with adaptive cruise management comes to a whole cease, after a couple of seconds it requires the motive force to press the resume button or accelerator to proceed monitoring the autos forward of it. With Comma Two, the automobile simply goes. For many who battle gridlock, it is an excellent characteristic.
One other characteristic that I am a fan of is driver monitoring. The system alerts you whenever you’re not paying consideration. As people get extra accustomed to their autos serving to their driving expertise there’s the tendency to cease paying consideration and be tempted by the lure of a smartphone. The Comma Two notes that and guides your focus again with a warning.
All of that is enabled and managed by the automobile’s personal cruise management characteristic. Hit the “set” button on the steering wheel to show the system on and use the plus and minus buttons to regulate the velocity of the cruise management.
Comma Ai spokespersons have been fast to level out that it would not disable or compromise any of a automobile’s security options. Computerized braking, blind-spot monitoring and different objects are nonetheless there.
All informed, the system works with 63 automobile variants, principally Hondas and Toyotas. Lots of these automobiles have been added to the system by the group, which incorporates 1,000 lively each day customers and 1,500 lively month-to-month customers, based on Comma.
Nonetheless, the Comma Two is a distinct segment product for fanatics. For regulatory and legal responsibility causes, clients have to put in the OpenPilot software program onto the Comma Two; it would not come able to go. Plus, the hardware prices $1,000 with an extra $200 cable wanted to connect with the varied autos. Homeowners may also join the system to the OBD port for diagnostic functions.
Most individuals will not do what’s wanted to even set up the hardware, regardless that it isn’t that tough and solely requires the system to be mounted to the windshield and the cable to connect to the automobile’s digicam system. However for those who’re into including further options to your automobile by way of open-source software program and hardware, the Comma Two will likely be out there on January 20.