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This BMW Can Turn Into a Real-Life Transformer

September 23, 2016, 12:47 PM UTC
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Turkish company Letvision unveiled a real-life version of a Transformer last week: It’s a BMW 3 Series prototype that’s as cool as it sounds.

Letvision worked on the prototype for roughly 14 months, completing it in March of last year.

According to Evren Tanrikulu, an owner at Letvision and the head of research and development, the cars have a computer installed within them that allows for real-time communication with the car by remote.

They have a head, arms, and legs that retract into the car, taking up too much space to allow for a person to drive the car from the inside. While that may change in the future, according to the company, for now the only option is to use the remote.

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The head can rotate up to 120 degrees, and the software provides a voice interaction feature. While the real-life Transformer doesn’t have the capability to walk just yet, the company said this functionality could be added with additional funding.

Letvision plans to sell the cars, and is currently exploring what companies might be interested in them for use at auto shows or theme parks.

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