Researchers at Oxford University are working on technology that would let you ride in a self-driving car that's partially controlled by an iPad. According to a report in Clean Technica, the RobotCar UK project is headed up by Professor Paul Newman of Oxford University's Department of Engineering Science.
The computer-controlled system uses sensors on the outside of a Nissan Leaf to generate a detailed picture of the car's surroundings. An iPad sits in the dashboard and is the control panel that lets the user interact with the system. With just a few taps, the driver can turn auto-drive on and off.
The research team is still in the early stages of testing the self-driving system. It'll take some time for the technology to improve and for the cost to drop from its prototype price of £5,000 down to a consumer-friendly £100.
You can check out a video of the car in action below and let us know what you think in the comments. Would you ride in iPad-controlled self-driving car?
- Key specs
- Form factor Tablet
- Operating system iOS (8)
- Screen size 9.7 inches
- Storage type Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
- Maximum battery life Up to 10 hours
- Dimensions 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 in
- Weight 0.96 lb
- Announced 2014-10-16