Yesterday, we showed you a Mercedes-Benz video that was circulating the internet that claimed to show a CL550 being driven solely through Twitter using a mobile phone. Although that video was apparently shot by inside engineers at a Mercedes-Benz factory, a BMW 1 Series video has just started circulating that is also controlled by a mobile phone.
This car is simply remote controlled though (well, not ‘simply’), whereas the Mercedes was controlled using commands typed into a Twitter account. It’s still pretty cool, technology like this was first seen in James Bond films well over 10 years ago and now it’s becoming real.
The BMW project was developed by two colleagues in conjunction with Nokia Asia who decided to create a Nokia C7 Symbian-controlled 1 Series. The car is driven almost exactly like the BMW 7 Series seen in the James Bond flick, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
There’s a little steering wheel and sliding accelerator and brake options on the phone’s touch screen layout, which the user runs his finger over to get the car going. Apparently, it only took the guys 20 days to develop the remote system, and once a few tests were run, it was ready to be installed in the full-size car.
It’s pretty cool overall, and there doesn’t seem to be too much ‘engineering interference’ upon first glance at the car; it just looks like an ordinary 1 Series – it even has the security guards stumped at the very beginning of the video. Check it out below.