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Built for the 2007 DARPA Urban Grand Challenge the “Spirit of Berlin” is already a complex marvel of modern technology. Add to the already tech laden minivan an iPhone remote and you’ve got yourself one heck of an RC. [via PopSci]

The team developed its iDriver app to manage the highly modified “Spirit of Berlin” autonomous vehicle using WiFi and the smartphone’s controls. The unit’s accelerometer controls steering, accomplished at hand by turning the device, while screen buttons control braking and acceleration. The system also sends a live video stream of the road ahead to the iPhone screen.