Now your six-year-old can 'drive' your car - from the comfort of the back seat
Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30
Now your six-year-old can 'drive' your car - thanks to a novel new on-board app.
It's called 'Little Driver' and lets your child mirror everything you do at the wheel - indicating, turning, going faster, braking and so on - on their little iPad, or tablet, while safely ensconced in the back seat of your car.
If you can visualise how little Maggie Simpson copies everything Marge does behind the wheel in the opening sequence to the show, then you are well on the way to understanding how this app works.
Skoda have just introduced it on their new Superb family/fleet car, which was unveiled here yesterday. And it's free - the app, not the car.
It is another, if unusual, example of how cars and digitalisation are increasingly converging.
The 'Little Driver' app works on iOS or Android tablets and lets children earn points for their 'driving'.
Skoda say it is suitable for children between the ages of three and six.
They also say (with hope in their hearts no doubt) that it could mean the end, or certainly the diminution, of the back-seat "are we there yet?" chorus.
The game allows children to earn points by copying the driving of whoever is at the real wheel.
It works in tandem with the marque's new SmartGate technology. And that's not all. With the app, children can also build their own Skoda.
Did someone ask: "Are we there yet?" As far as that chorus from children is concerned maybe he answer is 'nearly'.
As far as apps are concerned, I think, there's a long, long way to go.