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Four Companies Selling Self-Driving Car Platforms Today, And One Coming
By: David Silver, Contributor
Original Source: Forbes

For companies or even hackers hoping to build a self-driving car, one of the first questions is, “Where do I get the vehicle?”

This is a harder question than it might seem. For all the difficulty of developing autonomous vehicle software and training machine learning models, getting hold of a vehicle that can run the code is still a challenge.

Here are five companies that are doing this work today.

1. AutonomouStuff

Companies ranging from Baidu to NVIDIA have built their self-driving car programs on AutonomouStuff platforms. This company sells everything from drive-by-wire vehicles, to retail sensor units, to data solutions, to self-driving software.

2. Dataspeed

The ADAS kit from Dataspeed turns an off-the-lot Lincoln MKZ or Ford Fusion into a drive-by-wire vehicle. That means a computer can completely control the car. As the Dataspeed website highlights, the system can even be connected to a video game controller.

3. Polysync

DriveKit from Polysync connects Kia Niro and Soul vehicles to PolySync Open Source Car Control software.

4. Comma.ai

Comma’s claims that its OpenPilot software, “performs the functions of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) for Hondas, Acuras, Toyotas, and a Chevy. It’s about on par with Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise, and better than all other manufacturers.” Although the software is open-source, the best way to connect it to a vehicle is to purchase Comma’s EON Dashcam DevKit. Also, note that Comma is explicit: “This product is not designed to drive a car. This product is designed to be a dashcam.”

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