Forget video cameras suctioned-cupped to the roof: for track-day enthusiasts who want to really record their hottest laps, Toyota and Gran Turismo 5 developer Polyphony Digital have revealed a special car data logger. The system allows drivers to record vehicle data during real-world track sessions, then race against a virtual representation of their lap on a Sony PlayStation 3.
The system was co-developed by Polyphony Digital, Toyota, and automotive supplier Denso. We heard earlier this year that Toyota was likely to sign off on an in-car telemetry system for the GT86. Called the CAN-Gateway ECU, the device taps into a car’s CAN-BUS electronics to record data like vehicle speed, engine RPM, pedal positions, and steering angle. It also appears to use GPS to record the car’s position on a race track. Owners can then save their lap data to a USB flash drive and download it onto a PlayStation, then replay the lap in Gran Turismo 5.
The telemetry system has apparently been under development for five years, and it’s currently unclear whether it could be used on cars other than the Toyota GT86 sports car. We’ve previously heard thatGran Turismomight offer tips and advice for driving the tracks featured in the game, based on the user’s real-world performance.
Polyphony Digital released a video (embedded below) showing a comparison of real-life and virtual laps around Japan’s Fuji Speedway in a Toyota GT86. Based on this limited demonstration, Gran Turismo does a convincing job recreating a real-world track driving session.
The company plans to allow race teams to test the CAN-Gateway ECU from spring 2013, and will put the device on sale to the public later next year.
Sources: Gran Turismo, YouTube