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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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Comments (20)

 buruchaga buruchaga
@o3n1k: I like this tech very much but the negative popped out early.
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January 25, 2011 6:01 am
 Beemer89 Beemer89
what is wrong wid ppl... y cant they jus appreciate some1s efforts and achievements...
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January 23, 2011 8:19 am
 buruchaga buruchaga
The fear for this is terrorist who could detonate explosives in such a remote car.
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January 23, 2011 5:00 am
 M! M!
the hamilton F1 remote was more interesting, and a few years back. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiLoANg6n...
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January 22, 2011 10:20 pm
 naderisme 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 .
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January 22, 2011 8:22 pm
 naderisme naderisme
Cool work guys ..!!
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January 22, 2011 8:17 pm
 D12NAB D12NAB
Doesn't really have anything on the guys who used a blackberry to control a McLaren F1 race car though...
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January 22, 2011 3:45 pm
 eitanros eitanros
Hasen't Pierce Brosnan done it with a 7-series back at 1995?...
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January 22, 2011 12:31 pm
 wcfuser14429 wcfuser14429
Imagine that this will be an option when u buy a BMW ??? :o
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January 22, 2011 11:17 am
 Netsky Netsky
These guys are pretty cool. Would love to be able to do something like that.
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January 22, 2011 11:17 am