Saab have partnered with Sony Ericsson to bring remote control of its latest vehicle to the touchscreen of the XPERIA X1. Demonstrated at the launch of the Saab 9-X Air concept at the Paris Motor Show last week, the system would allow XPERIA X1 owners to remotely control ambient lighting, lock the car, control seating, switch the lights on and off, and open the rear compartment, all via Bluetooth.
Video demo after the cut
Saab are using the XPERIA X1 integration to highlight their Bluetooth functionality, topical with the current legislation insisting drivers in many states use hands-free headsets rather than drive holding their cellphone. For Sony Ericsson, it's an opportunity to publicise their Panels GUI, which sits on top of Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, and to which they are trying to attract developers.
The 9-X Air is a concept convertible that runs on bio E85 fuel as well as hybrid electric. While it's unlikely to go into production as-is, Saab already offer cars that run on biofuels and are likely using the concept as a test bed to explore development of the technology.