New Pininfarina is First Car Ever With iPhone Remote Control


Italian car company Pininfarina have announced plans to launch the first car in the world to use an iPhone as a remote control.

The Pininfarina Bluecar is an all-electric vehicle capable of travelling 155 miles on a single charge and a top speed of 80 mph. But get this – drivers will be able to use their iPhone to remotely check up on battery charge levels and ‘pre-heat the car’s electric drive system,’ very swish (more pics after the jump).

The battery will take a glacial 6 hours to charge from a standard mains power socket, but, in common with many of the new breed of EVs, a fast charge option is also available, enabling 25 km (15 miles) of travel after a tiny 5 minute charge.

The Bluecar also boasts stylish Italian design and integrated roof-mounted solar panels to power on board electronics.

Following the launch in 2011, Pininfarina intend to offer the car on a lease-only basis, for a monthly fee of around €333 ($418).

Image Credits – Pininfarina

Andrew Williams

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