Remember how awesome it was to play with remote-controlled cars as a kid? Thanks to Range Rover UK, you may soon be able to recreate that experience as an adult. The automaker has released a Range Rover Sport prototype whose steering, brakes, and throttle can be controlled via a smartphone app.
But it’s not all fun and games. This feature was created to help drivers navigate their vehicles through “challenging terrain or even difficult parking situations, whilst walking alongside the car.” The app also offers multi-point turn assistance, which allows the car to autonomously maneuver itself. There are safety limits in place: while using the app, the vehicle's speed is set at 4 MPH, and the smartphone "driver" has to be within a 10-foot radius.
Range Rover has not yet made this prototype available to the public. The company hopes to develop this technology even further, and eventually add voice commands.