Carlsbad, CA, March 24, 2023 – Aptera is pleased to announce that it will integrate openpilot™, the number one ranked driver assistance system by Consumer Reports, in its solar electric vehicles. This move will allow Aptera drivers to enjoy road trips with openpilot™’s advanced features including adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and forward collision warning. The driver monitoring system will ensure that drivers remain attentive while using the system.
With this announcement, Aptera is joining the open-source community in an exciting way. As part of this community, Aptera engineers will create and maintain the vehicle-specific code to interface with the rest of the openpilot™ code base alongside developers around the world. This collaboration will improve the autonomous driving system for everyone, and Aptera is proud to be a part of it. The code that makes up openpilot™ can be viewed on GitHub.
Openpilot™, created by comma.ai, is not affiliated with Aptera. Comma has built a fleet of thousands of drivers who have driven over 50 million miles autonomously. It is the only consumer system available, besides Tesla, that stops for red lights and stop signs while using 1/10th the power. Aptera drivers equipped with openpilot™ will have virtually no efficiency loss, a significant advantage in line with Aptera’s mission to build the most efficient vehicle on the planet.
Chris McCammon, who is leading Aptera’s openpilot™ integration, has been a member of the openpilot™ community since 2017. “Since then, the software has matured immensely and now supports over 200 vehicle models with an easy-to-install kit. Even though openpilot™ has vastly surpassed nearly all driver assistance systems on the market today, big auto players have not embraced it. They continue to throw hundreds of millions of dollars into developing their own inferior systems, while openpilot™ is open-source software that anyone can implement for free.”
Openpilot™ utilizes state-of-the-art machine learning to learn how humans drive. It is an end-to-end system, meaning camera data is sent into the driver model and a driving path is sent to the vehicle. This allows the system to adapt to many nuances of the road that humans react to every day, such as moving away from semi-trucks on the highway or staying correctly positioned on roads with no lane lines. As the system improves, Aptera vehicles will be able to take exits and suggest lane changes to follow the navigation route.
“I’ve been using openpilot™ in my existing vehicle for over 6 months and have been blown away,” says Aptera Motors Co-CEO Steve Fambro. “It has completely changed how I drive, and I can’t picture a more efficient way for Aptera drivers to be a part of the autonomous future.”
Aptera is currently working on the details of how openpilot™ will be integrated into their vehicles. Several validation steps are planned to be completed leading up to the start of production of its Launch Edition vehicles. Aptera aims to deliver an openpilot™-capable vehicle and ship compatible hardware post-delivery to be installed by the customer in less than 30 minutes.
Aptera Motors® delivers the world’s most technologically advanced solar electric vehicles (sEVs), made possible by breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science, and manufacturing. Aptera is the first in a series of eco-friendly vehicles that will be offered for consumer and commercial use. It has the longest range of any production vehicle with up to 1,000 miles per charge and the ability to travel up to 40 miles a day on free power from its integrated solar panels. With only six key body components, Aptera’s unique shape allows it to slip through the air using far less energy than other electric and hybrid vehicles today.