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Chinese Automaker Launches Remote-Control Family Car

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the drug-resistant-featuritus dept.

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cylonlover writes "When we think of remote control cars, we generally think of scaled-down vehicles that can easily get caught up underfoot. Not so Chinese automaker BYD, which has upsized the remote control car with the release of its Su Rui model in China. The mid-size family saloon that seats five includes Remote Driving Control technology that allows the driver to get out of the car and drive it using the included remote control 'key.'"

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Saloon? (2)

arun84h (1454607) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119901)

Does it come with a spittoon and those rickety, swinging wooden doors?

Re:Saloon? (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119923)

and some sarsaparilla!

Re:Saloon? (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120193)

We serve whiskey here.

Sedan (5, Funny)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119983)

"Saloon" is a term used in some English-speaking countries for what people in other English-speaking countries call a "sedan": a passenger automobile with four doors.

Re:Sedan (4, Funny)

Grayhand (2610049) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120413)

"Saloon" is a term used in some English-speaking countries for what people in other English-speaking countries call a "sedan": a passenger automobile with four doors.

Those of us in the United States don't consider the English "English Speaking". Saloon is where you go to toss back a few after a hard day of work. Confusing a car with a place to get hammered after work may explain why the English drive on the wrong side of the road.

Re:Sedan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120523)

Then what the hell is a station wagon? A wagon pulled by a (train/bus?) station?

Re:Sedan (1)

MaskedSlacker (911878) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120787)

Wagon station spelled backwards.

Re:Sedan (2)

subreality (157447) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121377)

Traditionally, it was the wagon used to get people to and from a train station. Brits call it an estate; this is probably similarly linked to their driving problem.

Also, a 2-door station wagon is called a "shooting brake" for similar historical reasons: a brake was a light wagon used to break in horses; a shooting brake was a variant used to go hunting.

CAFE backfired (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121653)

Then what the hell is a station wagon?

Something that U.S. automakers phased out in favor of a minivan due to less strict fuel economy requirements for vehicles classified as "trucks" than for vehicles classified as "cars".

A wagon pulled by a (train/bus?) station?

No more than a Volkswagen is a wagon pulled by folks.

Re:Sedan (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121797)

A station wagon is like a 4 door hatchback but with the roof full height all the way to the back rather than sloping. Families used to have them before SUV's were invented. Unlike an SUV they got about the same mileage as a similar size sedan. (Unless you had a roof rack with the dog tied too it.

Re:Sedan (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120767)

> Those of us in the United States don't consider the English "English Speaking".
Look in the mirror as the rest of the world often have that opinion of the USA, e.g:

Football = In 99.9% of the world a game involving a round ball being kicked around... in USA - doh!!!

Bathroom = In 99.9% of the world a room where you go to shower, wash with water.... in USA room where you go empty your body of fluids etc - doh!

You are welcome to stick to "American English", meanwhile the rest of global world will continue to use "International English" which incidently has origins in "English English".

It's just that America decided to go off and do more of it's own thing, when you guys feel like rejoining the party please let the rest of the world know. However rather than joining the rest of the world by using the correct word for football (rather than soccer), you might want to start with metric measurements, e.g. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17350-nasa-criticised-for-sticking-to-imperial-units.html [slashdot.org] ">so NASA don't loose more rockets due to imperial units.... /sarcasm ;-) [note: pointed out as us Europeans know that you have problems spotting it at times.... just kidding I do have lots of US friends but those are folks with passports. I would suggest getting yourself one...!]

Re:Sedan (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121087)

Do note that "it's own thing" is a mistake in both types of English.

Re:Sedan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121355)

Oh do be silent (english)
shut the hell up (american english)

Or to summarize (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121449)

Americans... doh!!!

Mind you, I am siding with the Brits, drinkers of warm beer. But at least their beer has some taste.

Re:Sedan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121891)

"Football = In 99.9% of the world a game involving a round ball being kicked around.."

In Australia and New Zealand we play Rugby (Union or League) with an oval ball. No padding or helmets though. I think some other countries like Wales, Ireland Scotland and France play it also, but they don't call it just 'Football' like we do in the souther hemisphere.
They also play Rugby in Hong Kong but witth only 7 players a side instaed of 15.

And we play Hockey on grass since it doesn't get as cold as Canada or Minnesota

Re:Sedan (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121961)

>greentexting on slashdot

Re:Sedan (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 2 years ago | (#41123459)

>>41121961

Testing...

Re:Sedan (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 2 years ago | (#41123449)

Your last paragraph made me realize that I have a very lose grip on the English language. Actually, not really, but your blatant misuse of such a simple word by such an obvious language nazi has me absolutely loosing my shit.

Re:Sedan (1)

ksemlerK (610016) | more than 2 years ago | (#41123947)

Your last paragraph made me realize that I have a very lose grip on the English language. Actually, not really, but your blatant misuse of such a simple word by such an obvious language nazi has me absolutely losing my shit.

Fixed it for you.

Re:Sedan (1)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 2 years ago | (#41124553)

Maybe you should fix the mistake I was poking fun at in the post to which I was replying... or, since you may still not have heard the "WOOSH!", maybe fix both of the purposeful mistakes I made (again, purposefully) in the post you're attempting to (incorrectly) correct?

Re:Sedan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41124577)

You're a cat.

Re:Sedan (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121231)

Saloon is where you go to toss back a few after a hard day of work.

Seriously? If I told my friends we were going to the "saloon" for drinks they'd laugh and tell me to stop watching bad Italian westerns.

Re:Sedan (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121353)

Saloon is where you go to toss back a few after a hard day of work.

Seriously? If I told my friends we were going to the "saloon" for drinks they'd laugh and tell me to stop watching bad Italian westerns.

I live in a Wild West town in the 19th century, you insensitive clod!

Er, anyway, this "remote control car" idea isn't that big a deal in technological terms. I'm pretty sure that car manufacturers *could* technically have done this 20 years ago if it had been considered a good idea. I suspect it's more reflective of a cultural difference between China and other markets.

I must admit I was going to jokingly say "What could possibly go wrong?" due to theft and safety concerns, but the fact it's limited to 2 MPH(!) somewhat reduces these issues, particularly the latter.

Yah (1)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121457)

And Detroit could have made compact fuel efficient cars to 20 years before the Japanese introduced them. How is Detroit doing anyway, still a hot bed of technology development and the beating heart of American industrial might?

First the Chinese made cars that were crap, then they made them not so good but very cheap, now they are adding gadgets while still being dirt cheap. Next step? Bye bye Detroit. Japan had to always keep America at peace to keep its protection from China. Who does China need protection from? They can flood the west with cheap cars and no need to buy shares in American companies so some western workers can remain employed.

Be afraid, the west never fully recovered from the asian tigers like Japan and Korea. And those are tiny kittens compared to China. It might well show the world why going "here kitty kitty" to a Tiger is not a survival strategy.

Re:Yah (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122203)

You read more into my comment than was actually there. It wasn't a dismissal of the home-grown Chinese car industry- on the contrary, I'm not stupid. It's obvious that in the next decade it's likely to mature and present significant competition to the rest of the world.

But although it would impress many people (because it's never been done commercially in the West) having a remote controllable car *in itself* isn't anything that's technologically cutting edge. Remote control systems have been negligible-cost commodity items for years now, and (especially) with any car that's built around drive-by-wire, it should be trivial- in the scheme of things- to connect the two. If that was all there was to it, the traditional market leaders *could* have done it years ago. That's not Western arrogance, nor intended to demean the Chinese effort (I'm sure it was equally as easy for them to do this). It's merely an observation that raises the (more interesting) question as to *why* it hasn't been done commercially beforehand when it has likely been technologically possible for quite some time now.

Re:Sedan (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121717)

In some parts of the world they even race saloon cars. (And its not boring because they have a variety of corners on the track, unlike NASCAR oval tracks.

IMHO the best saloon car race in the world is at Bathurst, NSW , Australia in October, 1000KM around Mt Panorama in V8 Fords and Holdens.

Re:Saloon? (1)

Meshach (578918) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119985)

Does it come with a spittoon and those rickety, swinging wooden doors?

Saloon also means sedan (car) [wikipedia.org] in Britain and Australia.

Re:Saloon? (4, Informative)

afgam28 (48611) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120185)

Saloon also means sedan (car) [wikipedia.org] in Britain and Australia.

Just Britain. No one says "saloon" in Australia; Australians say "sedan".

Re:Saloon? (1)

evanism (600676) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120759)

Nah cobber, its UTE mate, or paddock basher. Don't know what them fuckin sedans are, unless it my cousins VP!

Re:Saloon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121401)

Well its just as good as naming the style of vehicle after a small town in the Ardennes. :-)

And didn't you see what Jeremy Clarkson did to a Merc on Top Gear? A brass spittoon would have been a very elegant accessory!

attach seat on top of car and drive that shit (2, Funny)

laserdog (2500192) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119903)

ya dog u know what im saying

Yeah well (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119907)

Just keep it off the bridges [bbc.co.uk]

Warren Buffett Owns Shares of BYD (1)

rainhill (86347) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119915)

Warren Buffett Owns 10% of that BYD.

Re:Warren Buffett Owns Shares of BYD (1)

rainhill (86347) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119929)

Re:Warren Buffett Owns Shares of BYD (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119957)

OOHHH NOOOOO 14.0 to 13.8 in THREE DAYS!
ALL is lost!
Context is Important [penny-arcade.com]

thinking of bumping someone off? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41119919)

So no more need for a brick on the accelerator

Re:thinking of bumping someone off? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41119933)

Why yes, I think I would like to purchase your new Chappaquiddick sedan.

Legality? (2)

Balthisar (649688) | more than 2 years ago | (#41119973)

I wonder if this is legal in the USA. I suppose that's not an issue, since it's presumably only available in China.

I live in China. These guys are already the worst drivers in the world. I wonder how many people they'll injure with remote controlled cars?

On the other hand, they are truly horrendous drivers (as mentioned), and they don't know how to back up (that's a gross generalization, but it's mostly true). Chinese drivers regularly make backing into a parking space a 10 point maneuver. Just maybe this thing can make them better (quicker) at parking at the Ikea or Metro.

Re:Legality? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120123)

we know how to back up, we back up on the highway all the time whenever we miss an exit.

Re:Legality? (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120201)

I bet they're just screaming for a Baidu self driving car.

Guess you are right (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120231)

I was going to say they knew how to parallel park quite well. But you said they can't back up, which is I guess why these Chinese parallel park the fast way [vimeo.com] instead...

There are no good drivers in China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120445)

Americans imported the only two China had.

Re:There are no good drivers in China (1)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122023)

That would imply American drivers were actually any good.....

Re:Guess you are right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120765)

That guy sure can park. But they are going to have a hell of a time getting out of that parking space.

Re:Legality? (-1)

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Re:Legality? (0)

Grayhand (2610049) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120431)

I live in Phoenix, AZ so no they aren't the worst drivers on the road.

Re:Legality? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120677)

I wonder if this is legal in the USA. I suppose that's not an issue, since it's presumably only available in China.

China has nothing to do with it. Legality isn't an issue in the USA because here the cars are used to combat criminals who operate above the law. [youtube.com]

Re:Legality? (2)

petsounds (593538) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120829)

Just maybe this thing can make them better (quicker) at parking at the Ikea or Metro.

I kind of doubt that. Controlling a vehicle by remote control requires the brain to continuously transpose one three-dimensional perspective onto another one. If anything, they'll misjudge their turns and distances more often. And that keyfob looks too small to house a video camera, so I'm not sure how they'll avoid smashing into stuff behind or in front of them...whether that be a pole or a little kid.

Re:Legality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41122699)

I live in Shanghai & was just about to say the same thing. They really are comically bad at parking especially. If usually takes 3 people to park a car in Shanghai: 1 person behind the wheel and 2 people outside yelling directions. Not only for tight parallel parking, but for pretty much any parking spot.

Point being: I predict someone will get run over at 1.2mi/hr in the next year ;)

what no video? (1)

issicus (2031176) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120021)

nt

Video? Yep (4, Informative)

TopSpin (753) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120025)

Not sure why the 'gizmag' photos-only link is offered when you can watch video of it over here [autoblog.com] .

The think actually springs a leak in the video. I'd like to see the longer version were it catches fire. :)

Re:Video? Yep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120093)

That's just blood from the person under the car controlling it

It's leaking already! (1)

kaze (55923) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120467)

Funny seeing it's leaking already, in a nice controlled arc at 2 mph. Floor was so clean too. I thought the remote controls on air conditioners were weird too, but so useful for high or odd spots. This RC park / un-park may be standard in 10 years.

Re:It's leaking already! (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121415)

Looks like it's the air conditioner drain, but don't let that stop you getting your Jingoism on ;-)

Re:Video? Yep (1)

citizenr (871508) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120607)

Not sure why the 'gizmag' photos-only link is offered when you can watch video of it over here [autoblog.com] .

The think actually springs a leak in the video. I'd like to see the longer version were it catches fire. :)

I thought you were joking, then I watched the clip :/

Re:Video? Yep (1)

bonhomme_de_neige (711691) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121387)

It looks like it's just water from the air conditioner...

http://www.motorpoint.com.au/car-air-conditioning-system.asp [motorpoint.com.au]

5. Dont worry about a pool of water forming under your car after using the A/C

If you see a puddle of water on the ground, usually under the passenger area dont be alarmed. This is a normal feature of the system as it is only water dripping from the air conditioning evaporator. The evaporator has a drain tube fitted to allow the condensation from the evaporator to drain away from the vehicle.

Re:Video? Yep (1)

dfenstrate (202098) | more than 2 years ago | (#41123553)

AC condensation was also my first guess upon reading the comment.
After I watched the video, I'm thinking motor oil. AC's don't make trails like that (too much liquid), and the liquid appeared to be rather dark.
The leak is also coming from the center line of the car, not off to the side like your quoted text suggests.

Re:Video? Yep (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120711)

The think actually springs a leak in the video. I'd like to see the longer version were it catches fire. :)

This looks like a bit newer model, but sadly you were right: The remote control car is prone to experience mild explosions. [youtube.com]

Skitchin' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120055)

If you've got unmanned water ski tows [solowatersports.com] . You might as well have something beefy to tow you around on dry ground with, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skitchin' [wikipedia.org] .

Father drives family off cliff (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120071)

Using the latest in Chinese ingenuity to remotely drive your family off a cliff...

Why else would this be useful? Just use the steering wheel.

Re:Father drives family off cliff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120085)

Someone hasn't parked in China it seems...

Re:Father drives family off cliff (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120725)

I believe nobody has parked in China, at least not properly.

Terrorist's wet dream (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120083)

Load the car up with explosives and/or containers of gasoline. Modify the controller and receiver to work from a few miles away. Remote control near the target of choice.

No need for suicide bombers, is basically untraceable post-factum and a car filled with explosives can make one hell of an explosion.

Might be useful if combined with parking assist (3, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120161)

If the vehicle had the sensors for parking assist, this could be useful. It's a relatively large car, and with this, you could put it into a compact car space. Parking spaces in major Chinese cities are very expensive and hard to obtain, so there's real value in being able to use a smaller one.

Re:Might be useful if combined with parking assist (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121419)

The article mentioned being able to pull it into a tight spot where you normally wouldn't be able to open the doors after you parked.
But what about the cars beside you, who also wont be able to open their doors now?!

Remote Speed Limit 1.2mph (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120177)

Sounds like its for parking the car. Also has a remote climate control to precondition the saloon. Sounds pretty good to me.

What could possibly go wrong here? (2)

dutchwhizzman (817898) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120257)

Nobody thought this could be turned into a guided missile, have they? It won't take more than a few weeks before some robber will drive it through the front of some store to get inside.

Re:What could possibly go wrong here? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120337)

Sure, sure. And chemistry kits can be used by terrorists for... evil. So let's make every object illegal.

Re:What could possibly go wrong here? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120885)

Sure, sure. And chemistry kits can be used by terrorists for... evil. So let's make every object illegal.

Here in the US, thanks to the patent system which restricts not only distribution but also merely the use of "inventions" everything is already illegal; From being square [totallyabsurd.com] to holding your breath [totallyabsurd.com] , keeping your chin up [totallyabsurd.com] , being repressed [totallyabsurd.com] or even just having one's ass in a sling. [totallyabsurd.com]

If everything you do is breaking some law, who cares what law new technologies might break?

Re:What could possibly go wrong here? (1)

subreality (157447) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120339)

It only goes about 1 Km/h with the remote. It's not much of a missile.

Re:What could possibly go wrong here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120485)

I'd be more worried about having one parked each side of me in my non-remote controlled car and not been able to get in. These cars will end up with a lot of dents in the doors.

Re:What could possibly go wrong here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41120753)

If only there were a store which one could steal large remote-controlled cars from...

Re:What could possibly go wrong here? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122219)

At two miles per hour it will take a couple of weeks before the robber manages to drive through the store.

what the family thinks? (-1)

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Re:what the family thinks? (1, Troll)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120585)

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NO VIDEO??? (-1)

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Wireless? (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120475)

Less space than a nomad. [wikimedia.org]
Lame.

Re:Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121297)

Well played, good sir!

affordable (2)

swell (195815) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120513)

No comments on the $10k price? After all it is something of a luxury car.

Is it due to cheap labor? Substandard parts? Government subsidies?

Or is it because of an appalling shortage of lawyers?

Re:affordable (1)

stigamet (1942936) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120743)

No comments on the $10k price? After all it is something of a luxury car.

Is it due to cheap labor? Substandard parts? Government subsidies?

Or is it because of an appalling shortage of lawyers?

Due to the toy factory nearby?

Re:affordable (1)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | more than 2 years ago | (#41120999)

That was one of the first things I noticed. Same car would cost $20-25k in the US. And I'm probably low-balling that.

Re:affordable (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122237)

Probably runs some sort of Linux variant and as such, doesn't have a Windows tax.

So Many Uses For This!!! (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121011)

Like... committing murders that cannot be traced back to you!

"Gee, officer, I guess somebody had the same code on their remote. Or maybe it was radio interference from a passing Google Streetmapper. I sure didn't mean for the car to pull forward from its parking space to squash that old lady. By they way... why is she carrying that Uzi?"

and off the cliff it goes! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121015)

This remote control car thing is just asking for trouble

Designed for terrorists (2)

E-Prime (101087) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121171)

This is great news for terrorists - remote controlled car bombs. Now, why didn't someone else think of this any sooner...

Re:Designed for terrorists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121227)


This is great news for terrorists - remote controlled car bombs. Now, why didn't someone else think of this any sooner...

Yeah just wait until the white americans get their hands on this, the next Batman movie won't be a shooting, it will be a remote car bomb.

Huffy (1)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121185)

Seen on the bumper sticker of a mountain biker: "If Huffy made a plane would you fly in it?"

I like the idea (1)

drgould (24404) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121411)

It could be an endless source of YouTube "FAIL" videos.

car accident (1)

amoeba1911 (978485) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121445)

Now you can have a car accident where you're both the driver and the pedestrian!

I want one! (1)

tippe (1136385) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121477)

Actually I want two of them. One at 27MHz and one at 54MHz so that I can drive them at the same time!

007 had one back in 1997 (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#41121703)

007 had one back in 1997 and it was a BMW

Life is that cheap in China? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41121775)

Every RC car, boat, airplane that I've owned ended up broken after some stupid operator mistake.

When big heavy things make a tiny mistake, property is broken and people are killed.

OTOH, I love the idea of a car driving to pick me up at the curb outside a mall or restaurant during snow or heavy rain. Damn all the pedestrians!

Re:Life is that cheap in China? (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122025)

OTOH, I love the idea of a car driving to pick me up at the curb outside a mall or restaurant during snow or heavy rain. Damn all the pedestrians!

You've obviously never been to China; a Chinese driver would have parked on the sidewalk right outside the door in the first place.

Re:Life is that cheap in China? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41122127)

I've been to Hong Kong. Near crosswalks, there are steel barriers to protect pedestrians from people trying to park their vehicles or peds trying to cross the street at unsafe locations. Or the sidewalk is so thin there isn't room for a car to be left without blocking a lane of traffic. Trucks do block traffic before 7am. This is common in most cities around the world.

However, you do have a good point about wealthy people everywhere thinking they are more important than anyone else and can do whatever they like. Even at my local Walley-Mart, cars are parked at the entrance blocking both people and vehicle traffic as they wait for someone to "just run in quick."

Trouble parking (1)

mihai.todor85 (1663759) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122329)

They probably invented this for people who have trouble parking their cars in tight spaces. No more fender benders :)

"perfect for squeezing into parking spaces" (1)

Issarlk (1429361) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122915)

FTA: ...remotely controlling the car is perfect for squeezing into parking spaces that are too tight to allow the doors to open once parked...

My question: how do the drivers of the two cars around yours squeeze into them when they are back ? That looks like a great way to come back to a fancy remote controlled *keyed* car.

Just What Every Unsuicidal Bomber Needs (1)

Toad-san (64810) | more than 2 years ago | (#41122929)

This should open up a huge market in some unhappy parts of the world. I wonder what the remote's range is?

Just sayin'

Toad

hoax, this cannot be true!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41122959)

The Chinese driver who has this car;

1. cannot drive anyway
2. will cause a major traffic jam to be cleared by 'the lovely Chinese police' thus soon to become 'illegal'

can this really be true?

If I had more money than sense, I would buy one simply to drive arounf the roundabout endlessly and collect on the insurance when another 'Chinese driver' collect "it/me"

godda love the superfast music to the 2km/h slooooow motion.

what can possibly go wrong here, indeed!

When it hits 88 miles per hour... (1)

BitwizeGHC (145393) | more than 2 years ago | (#41123569)

... you're gonna see some serious shit.

Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41124917)

Step 1: Buy cheap(!) Chinese car.

Step 2: Remove remote control's speed limiter.

Step 3: ???

Step 4: Aww Yeaaaa!

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