It's at odds with Mobileye, one of the key players in the autonomous tech industry
By his own admission (see above video) Hotz doesn't like Mobileye, a hugely important company you've probably never heard of. It's the firm that makes all the hardware used by most major manufacturers to develop their self-driving technologies. It's relevant to point out that Hotz was in negotiations with Musk to work on Tesla's next-generation Autopilot system around the same time that Mobileye severed its development partnership with Tesla. The rationale for the divorce? Mobileye believes Tesla's intended speed of advancement wasn't keeping with best practices regarding the safe rollout of self-driving tech.
Musk and Hotz are of like mind here, believing that any autonomous advancement -- however unpolished and imperfect it may be -- is a net gain for society. Pushing these products towards a public that lacks the capacity to fully comprehend what it does, however, simply invites misuse and ultimately impacts those who would much rather wait for the fully engineered and refined systems that major automakers have been developing for over a decade.
It makes for a potentially reckless experiment on an uneducated consumer
Use of the Comma One, just as with Tesla's Autopilot, comes with a warning that it's not a fully autonomous system, and that the driver should remain aware of his or her surroundings at all times. Just one problem: the product is being presented as a completely hands-free solution, which is a step beyond even Musk's laissez-fair approach to Autopilot use -- which itself is enough to flood YouTube with examples of unwitting non-drivers misusing the tech.
Comma One is explicitly planning to follow in Tesla's Autopilot footsteps
Hotz wants everyone to know that if Tesla is "the iOS of self-driving cars, we want to be Android." That's a nicely-crafted five second soundbite that carries with it no real meaning or even a positive connotation. Tesla's Autopilot has come under intense scrutiny not only from other automakers, but the government, too. Why? Because the software oversteps the intended boundaries of the hardware on which it operates, boundaries to which that hardware was specifically engineered. Using the Honda sensors as Comma One does essentially follows that same path.
Further, updating products on the fly -- products which are relied upon (however incorrectly) to handle safety-critical functions -- can be interpreted as a sign of inadequate testing, and raises legitimate ethical concerns about the company's treatment of the public as beta testers, and again this is part of the Comma One plan.