First Car with Remote Driver Controls

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Instead of remote start, Chinese car maker BYD unveiled a production vehicle that lets you remotely move your car while you are standing outside of it.

BYD F3 PlusA new F3 Plus vehicle from BYD (which stands for Build Your Dreams) comes with a remote control “key.”  It lets you not only start the car while you are not in it, but move it forward or back, turn left and right and travel at a restricted speed, without any driver.  Why?

BYD says “It is a perfect solution when the parking space is not wide enough for the driver to exit the car once parked.  In windy and rainy weather, drivers can remotely move their car for easy entrance.”

Both the feature and the car was unveiled at the 2012 Beijing International Auto Show this week.

BYD says the feature is the first ‘remote driving controller’ in a mass production vehicle.

China has become the market to watch in automobiles. The Detroit News calls it the world’s most important auto market.

At the Beijing Auto Show, GM announced it will open 600 dealerships in the country this year and it will deliver 2 new Cadillacs for China, which is now the fastest growth market for Cadillac.

BYD was listed in BusinessWeek’s May 2010 report on the 2009 Top Tech 100 list as the number one ranked company, ahead of Apple and Amazon.  BYD is owned by China’s richest man, Wang Chuan Fu, according to China Car Times.  It supplies cars, batteries, electronics, and solar power equipment.

Sources: BYD via Engadget, The Detroit News



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