Until self-driving cars get mass produced, we're not going to stop inventing excuses to cover up our lousy parking skills. Chinese carmaker BYD Auto has a good interim solution: remote control. The So Rui car can be driven from the outside, but with a catch.
Don't get too excited about street racing the So Rui from your lofty condo just yet. While the So Rui can be controlled with a remote, it can only move at a snail's pace of two kilometers per hour (presumably so nobody is run over). Add the fact that an operator will have to be within 33 feet for the remote to work and the So Rui starts to sound a little underwhelming.
As Autoblog's Jonathan Ramsey reports, the So Rui will come in two models: "one is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 109 horsepower running through a five-speed manual, the other a 1.5-liter turbo four with 154 horsepower and the choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic."
Still, the remote feature is great for when you need to squeeze into super tight spaces or for pulling it out of the garage. It won't move revolutionize the car industry, but it's a weirdly welcome feature that we'd like to see more car makers should jump on.
Again, as Autoblog mentions, it's only a matter of time before hackers get their hands on one of these and figures out how to make it go faster. Check out the video to see a demo of the So Rui remote control magic in action.