NC '19 Rav4 Hybrid Limited, Entune 3.0, Adaptive Headlights, Advanced Technology Package
I don’t have the same level of trust in a beta version of something like OpenPilot as I do for the factory system. I just don’t. I’m still reading about it though so I might change my mind. But I kind of doubt it.
George Hotz web page doesn’t inspire confidence:
If a moderator thinks I’m trolling, please call me out. I’m sharing my opinion, not intentionally trolling.
"Beta" is just another way of saying the developers are still actively working on it and extending its capabilities and maybe fixing some bugs so it is likely to change hopefully in only minor ways before final release. There may be bugs, certainly, but in 37 years of software development, maintenance and management I never met a perfect module let alone a perfect system. Now if he said "Alpha" ...that is an earlier and usually riskier stage.
Open Source is a holy grail to some people. It appeals to a limited few because they can see the source and change it if they want to. They can contribute bug fixes or new capability. Neither approach is inherently good or bad, it depends on the excellence of the people doing the job, the resources they attract or are given and the ethics of the organization. And the health (and or the continued employment) of the developer(s).
There are some extremely talented people contributing to open source development and maintenance.
But judge not on the "open" or "closed" label. In the end it is the fit to your needs/wants, the quality of the product, its cost and the viability of its future maintenance that should drive selection. We have seen open source abandoned and closed source the same. Every product has an EOL (end of life for development, end of life for support) and you should try to guess when it will be and in what state of usefulness it will be when that end comes.