Device re-creates racetrack driving

Kyodo

Toyota Motor Corp. said it has developed a device to enable owners of its 86 sports car to record their actual driving experience on a racetrack and re-create it as a video game image.

Toyota and development partner Denso Corp. demonstrated the device, called the CAN-Gateway ECU, during a media preview Tuesday at Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Toyota said the device works with Polyphony Digital Inc.’s game software similar to the company’s “Gran Turismo 5″ for the Sony PlayStation.

Toyota said it plans to start selling the device late next year for “several tens of thousands of yen.”

The device records data such as speeds, steering wheel movement, accelerator pedal action and operations of the gear shift lever. Users can also transfer the recorded data to smartphones, Toyota said.

The device could allow motorists to improve their driving skills by visually comparing the recordings of their driving performance and those of professional racing drivers recorded on the game software.