Bloomberg publishes an article about famous 24-year old hacker George Hotz making a self-driving car in his garage based on 6 cameras and a LIDAR. Hotz says that his technology is much better than one of Mobileye used in Tesla Model S: “It’s absurd,” Hotz says of Mobileye. “They’re a company that’s behind the times, and they have not caught up.”
Mobileye spokesman Yonah Lloyd denies that the company’s technology is outdated, “Our code is based on the latest and modern AI techniques using end-to-end deep network algorithms for sensing and control.”
SeekingAlpha reports that Tesla comes to Mobileye's rescue. "We think it is extremely unlikely that a single person or even a small company that lacks extensive engineering validation capability will be able to produce an autonomous driving system that can be deployed to production vehicles," says Tesla. "[Such a system] may work as a limited demo on a known stretch of road -- Tesla had such a system two years ago -- but then requires enormous resources to debug over millions of miles of widely differing roads. This is the true problem of autonomy: getting a machine learning system to be 99% correct is relatively easy, but getting it to be 99.9999% correct, which is where it ultimately needs to be, is vastly more difficult. Going forward, we will continue to use the most advanced component technologies, such as Mobileye’s vision chip, in our vehicles. Their part is the best in the world at what it does and that is why we use it."