Recharge Wrap-up: Comma.ai open-sources autonomous driving, London commits to zero-emissions double-decker buses

Comma.ai has open-sourced its autonomous driving system. After cancelling its commercial product last month after concerns from NHTSA, anyone can now build their own. Comma has posted the open source code base for what is now called “Openpilot.” “Currently it performs the functions of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) for Hondas and Acuras. It’s about on par with Tesla Autopilot at launch, and better than all other manufacturers,” Comma says on Github. Furthermore, Comma has provided detailed instructions and part sources to build your own hardware unit, called “Neo,” which is described as “an open source robotics research platform.” While this is a bit of a middle finger to NHTSA, Comma stresses that researchers are responsible for complying with local laws regarding making your car drive itself. Read Comma’s tweet, or head straight to the assets on Github.

New York City Council has approved a bill that will put public EV charging stations in all five boroughs. The pilot program will put at least 25 charging stations throughout the city, with at least two chargers in easily accessible locations in each borough. “With an incoming presidential administration that has pledged to undo our nation’s efforts to combat climate change, cities and local governments must now lead the way on protecting our environment,” says Councilman Costa Constantinides, who sponsored the bill. “New York has already been a worldwide role model in sustainability and we must continue to keep this work a top priority. INT. 1124 will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by encouraging sustainable habits.” Read more from the Queens Tribune.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that all new double-decker buses in the city center will be zero-emissions vehicles. Alongside this announcement, Khan displayed the first fuel cell double-decker, made by Wrightbus, which will go into service in 2017. Eventually, 20 of these buses will be added to the city’s fleet. Khan also said that no pure diesel buses double-decker buses will be added to London’s network as of 2018, and Khan wants all buses to adhere to the city’s Ultra Low Emission Zone standards by 2020. Read more from Engadget.

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