iPod Touch App Controls Basic Car Functions

IPodAp This YouTube video did come to our attention on April Fool’s Day, but it is nonetheless convincing — not to mention really cool.

In it, you meet Jonathan Oxer, his Mazda RX-8 and his iPod Touch, with which he controls basic functions of the car via WiFi. He locks and unlocks the doors, starts and stops the engine, opens the trunk and displays a telemetry window that shows off data like RPM, speed, temperature, battery voltage and fuel level (the heavy British accent and use of the word “petrol” may hint at Jon’s country of origin).

The application uses the internet to access a computer in the trunk. This computer, according to Jon, is hooked up to the car’s on-board diagnostic system, along with a 3G modem for internet connectivity, allowing the app access from anywhere in the world. It even has GPS, so Jon can see the car’s whereabouts on GoogleMaps.

Check out the video after the jump; if we’ve been fooled, we apologize in advance.

iPhone Controlled Mazda RX-8 (Hacked Gadgets via Engadget)

By Stephen Markley | April 1, 2009 | Comments (6)
Tags: Car Gadgets

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ermatthe

I saw a video of two guys that converted a remote controlled car to recieve bluetooth directional controls from an iphone. When they tilted the phone the wheels turned. Mercedes racing then took the idea and applied it to a real indy car. i think i saw it on streefire.net

C B

Wow, the "heavy British accent" is so heavy it could almost be Australian.

Just came across this mention of my video while looking at referrer links: I can't believe how much interest this has got! BTW, about the accent: I was born in London but came to Australia (my parents are both Aussies) when I was still a baby, so you were both kinda right ;-)

K

Lose your ipod, lose your ride also.

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Joannah

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Louise

That 'heavy British accent' isn't quite as heavy as you would like to think... Country of origin Not Britain...Maybe Australia? Perhaps the weather is a slight giveaway too...

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