One of Silicon Valley’s biggest whiz kids has been toiling away in secrecy on a project that he believes is going to make him “the next billion-dollar CEO.”
The man is George Hotz, and the project is a self-driving car that he thinks can blow Tesla out of the water. According to Hotz, Mobileye, the self-driving software used by Tesla Motors, BMW, et al is outdated and “behind the times.” Hotz says Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk told him he “should just work at Tesla,” and Hotz said thanks but no thanks. “I’ll ping you when I crush Mobileye.”
For those unfamiliar with Hotz’s resume, he was the first to hack the iPhone, as well as the first person to hack the Playstation. In this short video produced by Bloomberg, Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance visits Hotz to preview his newest creation, a 2016 Acura ILX that he has outfitted with self-driving technology he’s developed himself, including a laser-based radar (lidar) system, a camera, and a massive 21.5-inch screen showing the operating system of the car’s computer, which is based on Linux.