While being engaged in the development and design of MadeInGermany, the soon to be released brand new autonomous car, the researchers from AutoNOMOS laboratories were approached by the software engineers from Appirion UG. Combining their expertise, they developed the highly anticipated iDriver, the first ever application which lets you remotely control a vehicle. The media buzz created can be followed here.

Currently, iDriver is running on the widely known iPhone 3GS, a top of the line smartphone with an easy to use touch interface, built in GPS and acceleration sensors. The application is able to control the main components of Spirit of Berlin, the team´s autonomous vehicle, which enables the user to drive the car "James Bond style" with its mobile phone while being in, outside or on top of the car. At the same time the phone is transmitting the control input towards the onboard computer, a live video feed from the car´s built in camera is received to enhance the driving sensation.

Being able to demonstrate that a real life remote controlled car is a feasible and exciting way to control a vehicle opens a wide field of possible playgrounds to  be developed. The following video shows all the action happening at the Tempelhof Airport testing grounds. Enjoy!


iPhone  remote controlled car

coming soon...  iDriver for iPad

including a great selection of new features

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