Comma.ai is an autonomous driving company that has just announced its 4th generation hardware, known as the Comma Three. This dev kit was announced during the recent Comma_Con conference in San Diego.
The new device is around the size of a modern smartphone and has many of the same internals. This is actually specialised hardware, specifically engineered for the task of helping the millions of existing cars to drive safer. The list of support vehicles is really comprehensive.
If the driver assists systems in your car are terrible, then you may be the exact target audience for this device. After buying the Comma Three, you follow the installation guide to install it in your vehicle, connecting it into your car’s CAN Bus which enables it to input steering, throttle and brake applications on your behalf.
To achieve this, the new hardware is a substantial upgrade over the previous generation, with dual cam 360° vision, plus a narrow cam to spot objects far off in the distance. The three 1080p cameras have 120 dB of dynamic range (up from 85), two generations ahead of a leading electric car maker. It’s as connected as a cell phone, with WiFi, LTE, and way better high precision GPS. The device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with a choice of storage sizes, 250GB or 1TB, both of which use a Samsung 980 NVMe SSD and finally a USB3.1 port.
Comma Three is a substantial upgrade from the last generation with a great display, infrared sensors and cameras, it now looks a lot closer to a commercial product, than a development kit.
The OLED display is impressive, offering 2160×1080 resolutions and shows a view from the camera out your front window, augmented with an overlay of the software’s path planning