Did you ever wanted to play “look ma, no hands” with your car? Meet eyeDriver, software that allows you to drive a car just by looking at where you want to go.
The technology, developed by the same folks who brought us the iPhone-controlled car, works by tracking the driver’s eye movement and directing the steering wheel accordingly. During the test run shown above it was limited to a fixed speed of about 30mph, but researchers at Berlin’s Free University are hoping to get it up to 60 before long. Close your eyes for more than half a second, and the vehicle automatically slows to a stop.
We’re pretty far off from a commercial application—there’s the question of how to handle stop-and-go traffic, not to mention what happens when you look down to fiddle with the radio—but there would obviously be huge benefits to physically impaired motorists. And those of us who are sick and tired of the tyranny of hands at 10 and 2.