Why Comma.ai Is Different To Every Other Autonomous Vehicle Startup Out There (Short Version)

From Transport Evolved.

Editorial Note: This is a shorter version of our interview with Harald Schäfer, CTO of Comma.ai. A longer version of this video is available at: https://youtu.be/uCeIl3JWAGk


In the world of autonomous vehicles, there are a few companies that attract the majority of the attention. Waymo, Tesla (and more recently OEMs like Ford and General Motors) are all regularly in the spotlight – and they all focus on designing autonomous vehicle technology designed to be installed at the factory.

But Comma.ai, a hugely successful Silicon Valley startup, has approached autonomous vehicle technology in a very different way. Instead of building vehicles with autonomous capabilities, its goal is to bring autonomous (and sen-autonomous) functionality to cars with existing lane keep assist and ADAS systems through a custom-built plug-and-play hardware and software solution.

Last month, we headed to San Diego, California to tour Comma.ai, chat with Harald Schäfer, CTO of Comma.ai, and see Comma.ai in action for the first time.

Today, we’re sharing the interview – and keep your eyes peeled for our tour and ride along!


Presenter: Kate Walton-Elliott
Cameras: Winter Tashlin, Erin Carlie
Audio: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Editor: Michael Horton
Colorist: Winter Tashlin
Producer: Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

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