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Russian Enthusiasts Modify Car to Be Controlled via iPad

A group of Russian car enthusiasts announced on their blog (translated via Red Hot Russia) that they have modified a car to be controlled remotely by an iPad.

The group used an iPad 3 and created an app to control the car via a host of added electronic components to control the acceleration, steering, braking and gear shifting in addition to seeing the road from the perspective of the car.

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While doing tests outside, I froze like a dog. Besides, the tablet screen quickly becomes wet and fingers numb and lose sensitivity, making tapping on the screen more difficult. Also, in the street it’s difficult to see clearly the picture from the rear view mirror – the screen brightness is not sufficient. Plus the windshield is quickly covered with snow.
The car was initially called the "James Bond Car," inspired by a scene from Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies" where Bond controls his car with a phone. After the initial test, they started referring to the car as "Opel Virta," a play on the model of the car, which is an Opel Vectra.


The iPad-controlled setup is actually transferrable to any car with an automatic transmission that houses a direct transmission selector, which means that controls like "drive," "neutral," "reverse" and "park" are in a straight line.

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Posted: 14 months ago
In America you control the iPad in a car. In soviet russia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Smirnoff#Russian_reversal), the iPad controls your car.

;-)
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
Having seen some crazy road-rage incidents from Russian dash-cams, I'm not surprised they've figured out how to drive without being in the car!
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Cool but dangerous. You need the tactile depth of touch of the steering wheel and the pedals to feel the road and control the car.

You lose perspective trying to do this with an iPad.
There is this scene in a James Bond movie where he controls his car during a high-speed chase from the back seat with his cell phone touch screen.
It was cool but completely unbelievable.

Most people couldn't do it.


you don't say?! ;)
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago



Most people couldn't do it.


Most people aren't James Bond....
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

In America you control the iPad in a car. In soviet russia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Smirnoff#Russian_reversal), the iPad controls your car.

;-)


In soviet Russia, iPad drives you!
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
Vodka, an iPad and an unmanned vehicle... yup this'll end well.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
Gotta love Russia :D
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
Cool but dangerous. You need the tactile depth of touch of the steering wheel and the pedals to feel the road and control the car.

You lose perspective trying to do this with an iPad.
There is this scene in a James Bond movie where he controls his car during a high-speed chase from the back seat with his cell phone touch screen.
It was cool but completely unbelievable.

Most people couldn't do it.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago
Neat idea, but crappy video. I was expecting to see them on some kind of race track.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 14 months ago

Most people aren't James Bond....

I just notice that a lot of our consumer electronics are inspired by movies like Star Trek and James Bond.

Not everyone is Captain Kirk or James Bond but they are our heroes. And we can haz their tech. :)
Rating: 1 Positives

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