Openpilot: An Opensource Alternative to Tesla Autopilot, GM Super Cruise

Openpilot is an opensource driving agent which at the moment can perform industry-standard functions such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System for a select few auto manufacturers.

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Meet Project Openpilot

Opensource isn't a misnomer in the world of autonomous cars. Even as far back as in 2013, Ubuntu was spotted in Mercedes-Benz driverless cars, and it is also a well-known fact that Google is using a 'lightly customized Ubuntu' at the core of its push towards building fully autonomous cars. 

Openpilot though is unique in its own way. It's an opensource driving agent that already works (as is claimed) in a number of models from manufacturers such as Toyota, Kia, Honda, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Jeep, etc.

Above image: An Openpilot user getting a distracted alert. Apart from Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist System functions, Openpilot developers claims that their technology currently is "about on par with Tesla Autopilot and GM Super Cruise, and better than all other manufacturers."

If Tesla's Autopilot was iOS, Openpilot developers would like their product to become the "Android for cars", the ubiquitous software of choice when autonomous systems on cars goes universal.

The Openpilot-endorsed, officially supported list of cars keeps growing. It now includes some 40 odd models from manufacturers ranging from Toyota to Hyundai. And they are actively testing Openpilot on newer cars from VW, Subaru etc. according to their Twitter feed.

Even a lower variant of Tesla Model S which came without Tesla Autopilot system was upgraded with's Openpilot solution which then mimicked a number of features from Tesla Autopilot, including automatic steering in highways according to this article. ( is the startup behind Openpilot)

Related read: Udacity's attempts to build a fully opensource self-driving car, and Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) infotainment system project which Toyota intends to use in its future cars.