In 1997, and not for the first time, quartermaster and chief inventor Q of the British Secret Service selected a BMW as his vehicle of choice for agent 007. Two years earlier, in GoldenEye, 007 had used a Z3. But the 750iL featured in Tomorrow Never Dies was to create something of a sensation in James Bond history. The standard-equipment package included machine guns, rocket launchers, GPS and tear-gas canisters. The bodywork was also impressive: reinforced to withstand a sledgehammer attack, with self-inflating tires and door handles protected by a charge of 20,000 volts. But a car operated by a mobile phone? That had never been done before. During one car chase, the secret agent hides on the rear seat and uses his phone to steer the apparently driverless car through a multistory parking garage in Hamburg. Today, the latest BMW 7 Series can easily be parked using the Display Key. Driverless, computer-controlled cars have also been around for some time – and while, as yet, confined to the test track, they will be hitting the roads before long.