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


Remotes can be used for many things: changing the TV channel, playing video games, and controlling an RC vehicle. Therefore, Mardenborough was approached to be the first driver of the GT-R /C because of his talent in both Gran Turismo gaming and real-life motorsporSince 2008, Nissan has also made motorsport more accessible to everyone with GT Academy turning amateur gamers into professional racing drivers.

The company used servomotors and robotics so the steering, acceleration, braking, and transmission of the vehicle - based on a 2011 Nissan R35 GT-R - could be controlled remotely.

It's all to celebrate the release of Gran Turismo Sport, and brings gaming to life in the most flawless way.

Mardenborough's best lap of the 2.6 Silverstone loop circuit was 1m17.47, averaging 122km/h and hitting a top speed of 211km/h.

The only other gadget for Jann was a LCD display mounted the helicopter's cockpit to show the car's speed.

Gran Turismo Sport is due to be released on October 17-barring any unforeseen six-year delays.

A one-off Nissan GT-R has been created that is remotely controlled by a Sony PlayStation 4 controller. Robots inside the auto controlled steering, transmission, throttle, and brakes.

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The system's "brain" is stored in the boot, where six computers control the auto at up to 100 times a second.

That micro-computer is responsible for interpreting the joystick and button signals and transmitting those signals to the car's onboard systems. However, the controller had one serious modification, a range of one kilometre. The GT-R /C has brought my two worlds together - the virtual of gaming and the reality of motorsport - in a way I never thought possible.

Dubbed the GT-R/C (R/C for "remote control"), the vehicle was actually a modified 2011 model with a top speed of 196 miles per hour.

In 2011 he was the victor of the GT Academy, Nissan's driver discovery and development programme.

"This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff", said Mardenborough.

In 2018, the Nissan GT-R /C will be used in a tour of primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom to promote future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. The GT-R /C was enginered by JLB Design which used a standard spec V6-powered R35.