Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

PS controller takes driverless Nissan GT-R to 131 miles per hour around Silverstone

PS controller takes driverless Nissan GT-R to 131 miles per hour around Silverstone

Of course, they're not just doing this for the fun of it, it's in promotion of Sony's upcoming racer, Gran Turismo Sport which hits PS4 on October 18.

The PS4 controller was connected to a microcomputer that took the joystick inputs and sent them to the onboard systems inside the auto. Mardenborough controlled the GT-R /C from the cockpit of a helicopter, turning in a fastest lap of 1:17:47 while averaging 76 miles per hour and hitting a top speed of 131 miles per hour. On Mardenborough's fastest lap (1:17:47), the GT-R /C averaged 76 mph/122 kph and reached a top speed of 131 mph/211 kph. Specifically, it's the GT-R/C, since it's a radio-controlled GT-R, piloted with a standard DualShock 4 controller that's plugged into a computer that remotely controls a series of robots installed in the car's interior which manipulate the wheel, accelerator, brakes, and transmission. The driver is the victor of the latest season of GT Academy, Jann Mardenborough. Six computers mounted in the rear of the vehicle update the controls at up to 100 times a second. The controller can send data wirelessly to the vehicle from up to one kilometer away. It's a good thing the driver knows how to play Gran Turismo Sport, I'm sure Nissan wouldn't appreciate bouncing this auto off the walls of the track. Aboard the helicopter, Mardenborough got help from a sensor and a display on the cockpit that showed the GT-R /C's speed.

Mardenborough described the event as "once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff".

And he was impressed with the vehicle, saying: "The response from the auto when using the controller was far more engaging than I thought it would be".


Check out Mardenborough driving the GT-R /C via remote control in the video below.

He added: "Steering, acceleration and braking were all intelligently configured, allowing for controlled application so I could really get a feel through the corners and hold it steady down the fast straights".

Anyway, the Nissan GT-R /C managed to whip around Silverstone completely remotely controlled by the DualShock controller.

Insane promotional efforts aside, this GT-R/C will serve some useful goal in 2018 on a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects.

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