Remote control cars … from China!

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Ah, the remote controlled car!!! Long a technological wonder reserved for the silver screen, it’s now become something of a reality – from none other than a Chinese automaker!

That would be BYD, one of China’s biggest car manufacturing companies, which introduced what it claims to be the first remote-driving-enabled five-seat sedan late last week  – the BYD “Su Rui,” pronounced “sir-ee.”

Now, it’s got nowhere near the remote-control capability of the slick BMW James Bond used in Tomorrow Never Dies, but who knows? Perhaps in the future we might control a BYD sedan the way Pierce Brosnan did in that 1997 Bond cinematic classic.

[You can catch a few glimpses of that famous remote-controlled "Beamer" at work in the trailer for Tomorrow Never Dies below.]

Right now, however, BYD’s remote driving control technology is much more limited, and deliberately so. The company said it’s really aimed at Chinese consumers who are faced with daily parking constraints – using parking spaces so small even the mirrors touch vehicle-to-vehicle – as well as allow for assisted passenger pick-up from shared parking during inclement weather.

That’s a big deal as over 80% of Chinese live in apartment complexes or multi-dwelling units and don’t own their own garage for private parking, BYD said.

[Below you can watch the official TV commercial highlighting the remote-controlled properties of the BYD Su Rui.]

The company said controlling vehicle starting, stopping and steering remotely is accomplished via a hand-held unit no larger than a standard smart-key fob.

In a range of 10 meters (roughly 30 feet), the driver can start the car, move it forward and back plus turn it both left and right – all at a restricted speed of 2 kilometers per hour, which equates to about 1.2 mph. The car’s climate control system can also be controlled via the remote device as well, BYD said.

[Here’s another demonstration of the Su Rui’s remote-driving system.]

BYD is selling its new Su Rui sedan equipped with the remote driving system with a starting price of 65,900 yuan – roughly $10,365 – for the base model equipped with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine. It’s also available with an optional  turbo-charged, direct-injection engine (TID) mated to a seamless dual-clutch transmission for 99,900 yuan – equivalent to $15,710 in U.S. currency.

The car also comes equipped with Bosch’s ninth generation electronic stability technology, a tire pressure monitoring system, electronic parking brakes, blind spot visibility systems, color reversing video surveillance systems, remote control power windows, 13 types of intelligent voice guides and a 5.1 channel, 10 speaker system with independent power amplification for what BYD calls an “in-car cinema experience” like no other.

It’ll be interesting to see how Chinese drivers react to – and ultimately take advantage of – this new kind of remote driving technology. Frankly, BYD needs hit with this one too as its profit has fallen sharply this year in the face of slumping demand for new cars as well as the removal of Chinese government subsidies for car purchases. 

Maybe – just maybe – remote controlled cars will give BYD the lift it’s looking for. 

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on Sep 4, 2012

Reminding me of the tourist from India, rented an RV, got on the open road and set the cruise control so he could go back and make a sandwich. I'm thinkin' that didn't turn out so well.

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on May 2, 2013

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on Nov 28, 2012

Wow, this is amazing! I personally have been facing with parking issues at shopping malls where the parking spaces in between cars are so limited and sometimes the car doors cannot even be opened fully to take my toddler out of his carseat! This remote control device would certainly be a huge advantage in such situations especially for big-sized drivers whose stomachs often get in the way. I hope it could get introduced to many more countries so that everyone with similar problems could take advantage of its breakthrough technology.

on Dec 29, 2012

It actually sounds good...But the fact that the Chinese have designed it lets down my hope.I hope they provide a quality product unlike their other products.A remote controlled car actually sounds cool.Reminds me of the BMW Pierce Brosnan drove in his movie The world is not enough.
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on Jan 13, 2013

This is definitely so amazing to see what they can do with this car. The technology is getting so good with this. There is so much upside to this in the future. mortgage brokers Toronto

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on Feb 25, 2013

I don't think this is a safe innovation, I don't think many problems will be solved with it, in fact I think people's lives will be put at high risk because of it. I prefer buying a used car instead of a remote controlled car.

on Mar 5, 2013

There was a time when remote controlled cars are available as toys or in movies like "Tomorrow never dies" but the Chinese company is going to make it a reality. Though there is a lot more development needed and they are designing it for China only. I hope BYD will make it and we will be able to see remote controlled cars in future.
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on Mar 17, 2013

China is famous for remote controls and also new technological development too, we can just say a definite step towards the benefit of the people at a whole. Since this is what we can say that improvement needs brains and this has got the immense brain to create such innovations in the markets. The new car may be benefiting most of the people because what people wants at the parking slots to park their cars this would be a help indeed.

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on Mar 29, 2013

A remote control car could be a dream for any car lover. Hopefully this lives up to the expectation. It really becomes a problem when you have to relocate to another country with your car, you either sell it or take it with you but finding good auto moving companies is essential for your cars safety.

on Aug 5, 2013

I feel strongly about this and so really like getting to know more on this kind of field. It should be really useful for all of us.
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on Aug 31, 2013

China’s biggest car manufacturing company BYD has introduced the first remote car. Remote control car is the latest invention. The car is controlled by iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. This car has many good features by which customers will be benefited much.
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on Oct 5, 2013

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on Oct 25, 2013

BYD’s remote driving control technology is a milestone for car industry. Generally person having no driving knowledge can drive the car easily through remote control. It is easy to control, start and stopping the vehicle through remote control. Remote control car is easy to handle in less parking ares.
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on Oct 26, 2013

Remote control car is a wonder for car industry.Modern technology has changed the life style people through new technological improvements of the scientist. Remote control car is very easy to start, stop and control, so it is easy to handle this car in less parking and busy area.
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on Oct 31, 2013

This is an impressive one I must say. This remote control car is really looking stylish and as I have gone through this video I came to know about its various parts and functionalities. The BYD is developing such and its remote driving control technology is limited much more. This creation is named as BYD “Su Rui" and it is the first we have to mention it as eye catching that it is the first remote controlled car providing the facility of five seats inside it. Here, the main thing of concern is that how much it is secured and how safe this one is. Safety is the major part of concern as vehicles are majored. So, I want to know a bit more about its safety part. Also, we call problem by not maintaining our vehicle. So, its better to maintain our vehicle and get proper service from it that is also uninterruptedly. If we notice any kind of issues in the functionality of our vehicle its better to repair or replace it from repair center near to us and also that provides good service and better repair with a good cost.
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