Instead of calling a cabbie, now you can call your own car to pick you up.[Video]

Researchers from Berlin's Free University (FU) has unveiled a new concept of self-driving car technology - an autonomous vehicle named "MadeInGermany" (MIG).

Team lead by Raul Rojas came up with the system of self driving concept by combining the smartphone or even an iPad if you have one with Global positioning system integration reveals the caller's location to the car, which then works out the best route and tells the passenger how long it will take it to get there.

Raul Roja's team say their invention will support environmentally friendly developments by making car-sharing more practical.

Optimal use of the technology could see the number of cars in Berlin reduced to one-fifth of their current number, they say.

"With an ordinary mobile multimedia device (iPad) the driver can access all the on-board electronics," a spokesman said. "This opens up entirely new possibilities for operating the vehicle, far beyond the previous ideas of remote control."

Drivers who suddenly decide they want to steer the vehicle via an iPad can turn the automatic technology off and take control themselves.

The MIG uses sensor technology to create a three-dimensional image of the street on the car's computer so that the car is able to detect bikes, pedestrians, road markings and signs.

- Reuters Input

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