If you’ve ever wanted to compare your real performance around a track with your talent in Gran Turismo, then you’ll probably want to consider a new datalogger.
The CAN-Gateway ECU (Controller Area Network-Gateway Electronic Control Unit) has been developed by Polyphony Digital, Denso and Toyota to log a huge list on car data as you take on a track. This then allows you to recreated your performance in Gran Turismo, and race against yourself if the track is in the game.
Even if you’re not in a position to use the data-logger, it’s likely to be used to record celebrity laps which can then be featured in the game.
Tracking includes vehicle speed, engine RPM, accelerator pedal stroke, steering angle, brake signals and vehicle position, which you can transfer to your Playstation 3 via a USB drive. It’s taken five years to develop and should go on sale in 2012, with a price yet to be announced.
Watch the Gran Turismo datalogger in action:
This video from Polyphony Digital shows the system at work with a real in-car shot compared to external in-car and external views from a Toyota GT86 at Fuji Speedway in Japan. The car happens to be driven by Polyphony Digital boss and part-time racer Kazunori Yamauchi.