Toyota working on black box for race tracks that will allow drivers to compare lap times, speeds, with fellow PlayStation gamers.
Thanks largely to game titles like Polyphony's Gran Turismo series and Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsports, video games and cars are becoming more and more intertwined. The latest move comes from manufacturers, with Toyota reportedly working on a recorder that will take telemetry data from a real-life track session in its GT86 coupe (or the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ in North America) and letting drivers share and compare this data on their Sony PlayStation console with others.
Toyota is working on mapping major tracks from around the globe, AutoCar reported. There is no word on what specific information will be recorded, but it's likely lap times and top as well as average speeds will be included. Those who bought their coupes, no matter the brand, are likely to be able to retrofit the kits afterwards rather easily, though a release date isn't known. Also promised are multiple online tutorial and demonstrations for tracks, assumingly to help drivers maximize their performance and drop lap times.
At the same time, the recent rumors of the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ triplets getting a convertible version have just been all but cemented. Toyota GT86 project engineer Tetsuya Tada said a droptop is "technically feasible," before adding that the public hasn't even seen a third of the development planned for the GT86.
As such, there is a strong likelihood the convertible models will arrive sometime in 2014.
It's also possible Subaru's BRZ will also get the black box option, since it's a twin of the Toyota/Scion. A convertible Subaru is less likely, but if it does go into production, it will be the first such body style from the Japanese manufacturer.