Watch This Chevy Volt Drive Itself With Openpilot From


Self-driving is arriving in non-Tesla vehicles.

There are a number of vehicles you can buy today with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), with the best-known probably being Tesla’s Autopilot. Well, now there is an open-source setup out there called Openpilot fromĀ This system was developed by hacker George Hotz, who turned down an offer from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to develop the California automaker’s self-driving technology in 2015, and uses the actuators inside many cars today to accelerate, brake and steer.

While we can’t say exactly how well the software works overall, it certainly seems to do a decent job in the Chevy Volt in the video (above). Still, we don’t think operating this, or any other similar system, without your hands on the wheel is in any way acceptable.

There is a wealth of information about the kit and its abilities linked from the video’s description below, but if you just want to sit back and watch this one being installed, you’re in luck. We’ve embedded a bonus video below detailing that part of the project (also below). Enjoy!

Video description:

Openpilot from driving my 2017 Chevy Volt Premier with Adaptive Cruise Control package. For hardware needed and setup involved, check out the installation video and the guide. Handling a steep turn: 9:45 Stop-and-go traffic: 26:50 Project page and the installation guide: Support & community: #gm channel of Source code:


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Just a fancy cruise control.

Just like 1st gen Autopilot.

Yes, but better than the Adaptive Cruise in my Model 3, which does work very well, but with no lane keep, only lane warning, and of course, no Autostart.

I’m new to any driver aid safety electronics, so my Tesla ordered without Autopilot is still a thrill for me. This looks a level up or 1.5 levels up from what I now have.

If you don’t have autopilot, you don’t have adaptive cruise control.

I’ve used that on a RAV4 and it works perfectly. Very reliable. Just like Tesla Autopilot. I have driven something like one hour in traffic practically without touching the wheel. Worked much better than expected.

How likely will this product become available to general public?

It already is if your car is supported.

I have a friend who has been using this for almost a year now. The early versions were a bit dodgy but the current one, which is officially supported, seems to be quite good. Not ready for city driving though.

The idea of DIY Autonomous driving tech, makes me nervous for some reason.

1-no warnings to check if you are attentive, so you can fall asleep or do something else. Bad
2- no lane changing
3- no auto wiper

4- it’s lane keeping is good.
5- I wonder how it break in stop and go traffic.
Tesla is sometimes not very smooth.

It does have driver monitoring. It will alert you if you look away, and eventually stop accelerating (but keel lateral and brake control). And apparently the stop and go behavior is one of its strengths.
Check the periscopes from comma ai:

1 – there’s driver monitoring since 0.5
2 – lane changing is a gimmick, but there is a fork someone made that does this
3 – gimmicky. most people don’t care about this
4 – agree
5 – stop and go is extremely smooth. i recently ported the feature to all supported Toyota and it works extremely well, especially after i pushed PID tuning

Very Impressive! Makes me consider trading in my Gen 1 Volt for a Gen 2. Going to try to learn more about this, should be compatible with our 2018 Acadia Denali with ACC that uses radar, though it’s not explicitly listed on their site.

Open-source always wins in the long term. I have way more confidence in the security of a well-executed open-source project and open-hardware product than in a proprietary one. Why? way more eyes can inspect it, and there is no “hidden secrets”.

Additionally, the owner can really own his product, repair it, improve it, share back.

Yes, it can sound scary. But see for example operating-systems and web-servers: Open-source ones have way better track records at security than proprietary ones, and now they hugely dominate the market. This wasn’t the case at the begin. Same is true for smartphones, and any fast-moving tech.

I wish all auto-makers would open-source their software and hardware. That would increase security drastically in the long term.

Very interesting stuff.

Thanks for posting the installation how to video too. Wondering how hard it is to find the components.

The Volt is driving in my neighborhood, so he is very local to me. I saw those streets and said, “I just drove that last night!”

I bought 2018 volt with adaptive cruise control, excellent car but its lane keep assistant is gimmick useless. I use adaptive cc all the time even on every local street, alley. I like to install like this video showing, but don’t know how to get started. Is there a telephone or email support to guild through whole process? I don’t want to hung in middle of no where an can go back after all it a 40k car. If I need to go back to dealer for some other warranty issues, will this effects factory warranty? Or could it be very easy to put back as original condition like root a smartphone and still be able to unroot for factory warranty?