How to drive a car with your Apple iPhone (with video)

“File this one under Don’t Try This at Home,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“Some DIY guys in Austin, Texas, with time on their hands and access to free equipment have demonstrated how to use an Apple iPhone to steer, accelerate and brake a jury-rigged car,” Elmer-DeWitt reports.

Check it out via YouTube:

Direct link to video here.

More info and another video offering more details about how they did it in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “qka” for the heads up.]


  1. Maybe driving your car with an iPhone is practical, but I’m sure there are any number of other applications for this kind of technology, using an iPhone as the controller.

  2. Jury rigging refers to makeshift repairs or temporary contrivances, made with only the tools and materials that happen to be on hand. Originally a nautical term, on sailing ships a jury rig is a replacement mast and yards improvised in case of damage or loss of the original mast.

  3. Jury-rigged refers to illegally influence a jury.

    Jerry-rigged means make-shift. It refers to the “spit and bailing wire”, make-shift repair work done towards the end of WW2 by German military personnel (Jerrys) to keep military vehicles and weapons working. Due to lack of materials, repairs were done with whatever was at hand, even if parts weren’t made for the particular purposes they were being used for.

    Two different concepts.

    And, yes, the car was jerry-rigged.

  4. Give these folks a job, this is funny as hell.

    I can see it now, “Why no ocifer, I wasn’t drinking and driving. I called my wife to drive me home with her phone”.

    No way they convict you, no way.

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