• Apr 3, 2009
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Modern-day automotive geekery knows no bounds. Need proof? Check out the video after the break. You'll see a black Mazda RX-8 that's been modified with enough computer-controlled junk in the trunk to make it capable of performing all sorts of neat parlor tricks through a web application running on an iPod touch. For instance, the car's central locking system can be activated, the trunk can be popped and the engine can be started and shut back off. There's also a GPS feature that allows the car's location to be tracked through Google Maps.

As impressive as all of this is, the coolest part is that the car can be remote controlled from anywhere in the world via a 3G modem that keeps the computer connected to the web. We can only assume that the next step in the project will see the car's steering, acceleration and shifting controls connected through the phone, James Bond style.

[Source: Geek my Ride via Engadget]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      They've actually had alarm systems that do all this for years. I've got a Viper system on my car that's at least five years old that has remote start, window/sunroof control, locking, etc.

      It's cool that it can be done through a cell phone app though. One less fob for the keychain!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My car sends a text message to my cell phone when the alarm system is activated. Can be fun, because if I forget the phone in the car and someone sends a text or calls, the alarm activates and then sends a text to the very same cell phone :-) Happened just once :-)

        I could have gone for a phone call that would actually transmit sound from inside the car, but I thought that would be a little bit too extravagant :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lewis Hamilton driving his F1 car on the Black Burr touch is koooooler !!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy just created his own OnStar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog this was an April Fools Joke, looks like you got pwned lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dr. Horrible's remote control app was better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do"

      Dr. Horrible anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this could be useful for hardtop convertibles

      30 seconds seems like a minute when waiting for the eos roof, so having a remote for it to convert anywhere would be wonderful
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't want to get in your Mazda RX-8 to drive it? There's an app for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's impressive and all but I would just install a gps device in the car so I could track it on my G1. My key fob can do all the other stuff except telemetry. I guess it is cool that you can do it from anywhere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      James Bond's remote-controlled BMW a reality?
        • 5 Years Ago
        He doesn't drive BMWs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hm.. so James Bond remember the Nokia celly control Bonds BMW 7 series?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you really wanna see something cool as far as iApps controlling cars go to YouTube and check out the Office GP and see what happens when you can control an F1 car with an iPhone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, my apologies to everyone, they use a BlackBerry Storm in the "Office GP" video not an iPhone. MY B!!!
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