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Remote control BMW 1-Series [video]

Two young developers create a remote control system for a BMW 1-Series guided by a Nokia mobile phone

Two young men have teamed up with Nokia Asia and have turned a BMW 1-Series into one of the largest remote control cars around.

An Jiaxuan and his unnamed colleague have adapted a Nokia C7 Symbian powered smartphone to pilot the modified 1-Series loaded with the electronics necessary to make it a driver-less vehicle.

The pair had to first develop the software for the remote control system, which they coded, remarkably, in 20 days. Then a series of tests were conducted to make sure the controls would work properly. Finally, they set up the system in the 1-Series vehicle as seen in the video.

And the controls seem rather simple - a BMW steering wheel icon is rotated by touch-screen on the phone which steers the car and there are buttons in the interface for acceleration and braking. Nokia promises no trickery or special effects were used.

Crazy stuff but these two are rather ambitious. They want to do an airplane next.

Source: Symbian World via YouTube

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buruchaga
@o3n1k: I like this tech very much but the negative popped out early.
Jan 25, 2011 6:01 am
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Beemer89
what is wrong wid ppl... y cant they jus appreciate some1s efforts and achievements...
Jan 23, 2011 8:19 am
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panamera789
do u know why? because the 2 young guys are chinese.. and americans are becoming more and more threatened by the chinese and so they just hate everything the chinese do...
Jan 24, 2011 3:34 am
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buruchaga
I do appreciate this as i'm a fan of RC. I would like sitting in front of my house whiles i remote the car to heat it. It would be a nice way to impress my friends. I cane foresee the next s-class implementing it together with magic windows.
Jan 24, 2011 9:35 am
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buruchaga
The fear for this is terrorist who could detonate explosives in such a remote car.
Jan 23, 2011 5:00 am
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Alfafox5
Wow! That's a leap. It's not 'the fear' it's your fear. Sheesh! Lighten up.
Jan 24, 2011 4:44 am
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o3n1k
@buruchaga: maybe if u stop thinkin bout the negatives and think more of the achievements, we culd build a better future!
Jan 24, 2011 8:39 pm
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M!
the hamilton F1 remote was more interesting, and a few years back. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiLoANg6nNY
Jan 22, 2011 10:20 pm
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D12NAB
+1
Jan 23, 2011 10:16 am
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mn07
Thats fake i don't believe it.
Jan 23, 2011 3:12 pm
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naderisme
hey guys wait !!! the cool thing is that they used a mobile phone to control the car !! and not just the car ,and many other applications.. Imagine yourself controlling every thing using your phone !! it's cool and clever .
Jan 22, 2011 8:22 pm
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naderisme
Cool work guys ..!!
Jan 22, 2011 8:17 pm
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D12NAB
Doesn't really have anything on the guys who used a blackberry to control a McLaren F1 race car though...
Jan 22, 2011 3:45 pm
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eitanros
Hasen't Pierce Brosnan done it with a 7-series back at 1995?...
Jan 22, 2011 12:31 pm
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chris25
I was about to say the same thing in Tomorrow never dies. This is really one option to park a car or drive somewhere else.
Jan 22, 2011 12:42 pm
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smallq
in 1995 it was special effects
Jan 22, 2011 1:49 pm
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valantise46
the car in the film had a steering wheel at the back http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:007-BMW.jpg
Jan 22, 2011 8:02 pm
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jolz24
Micheal knight could do it with his watch in the 80's
Jan 23, 2011 11:59 am
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wcfuser14429
Imagine that this will be an option when u buy a BMW ??? :o
Jan 22, 2011 11:17 am
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Netsky
These guys are pretty cool. Would love to be able to do something like that.
Jan 22, 2011 11:17 am
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http://content.worldcarfans.co/templates/0/18