BMW i3 smartwatch car

The future is here, and it comes in the form of driverless cars.

That’s right -[tweet_dis]this new BMW i3 is a driverless car that can be controlled using a smartwatch[/tweet_dis]on your wrist. Users can reportedly send orders using a wearable – directing the car to drop them off, pick them up, find a parking space and even come and get them when they’re done for day. It all sounds a bit too futuristic, right?! And is it even safe? We thought we better do a bit more reading.

How does it work?

The new BMW car reportedly has 4 laser sensors which give it a total, 360 degree view of everything around it. This means it’s able to navigate its way around, avoiding obstacles (and hopefully people!).

BMW i3 inside

So, in theory, it should be able to deal with the multi-storey car parks that usually drive us all crazy, so you can definitely see the perks. At the end of the day you would even be able to send an order, from your smartwatch, for the car to navigate its way out of the car park so it can meet you by the exit.

It even calculates how long it will take you to get to the car park exit, so it can meet you there at the right time. I don’t know about you, but I’m in awe of it and scared of it at the same time.

BMW isn’t the only manufacturer doing it

We’ve certainly heard of other car manufacturers working on similar technology. Just last month Audi was showing off its latest entry – a self-driving car which reached 149mph at its fastest – and electric cars are becoming more and more popular as the technology becomes more accessible.

audi rs7 driverless car

This is the first time we’ve heard of a smartwatch controlling the whole thing though – it’s certainly an impressive¬†concept.

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