So, playing with this idea a little more, is a car (not talking model car here) remote controlled since it is steered through a series of rods and linkages? Aguably this is no different from a control line plane which was agreed to be remote control.
Or does distance come into it
- How remote do you need to be?
Nope, the steering wheel is part of the car. Add a servo and a wire/infrared receiver it's remote control. Add a rf receiver and it's radio control. Distance is not involved. Method is. Same for industrial equipment. Technology allows us to move to control rooms and manipulate everything remotely. Or do it the old way and stand next to the machine while moving levers and flipping switches.
Radio control is used to clear things up. It's still remote control, you just don't have wires and have to point things in certain directions.
To go back to the original question. Your friend may have been looking at the "remote control" cars in wal-mart or something like that. That's why we use an identifier like "radio control". If your in the toy section and it says "remote control" it's got a wire attaching it to a handle.
To mix things up again... would a drive-by-wire system like some of the concept cars be remote control?[sm=biggrin.gif]
If you tell a control-line flier that his airplane is remote control, what kind of look would you get? Something like this...[sm=angry.gif]