Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Nissan made a full-size remote control vehicle using a PlayStation controller

Nissan made a full-size remote control vehicle using a PlayStation controller

It took a Nissan GT-R and turned it into a full-size RC auto that is controlled by a DualShock 4 controller to create the GT-R /C. But Mardenborough still had to see where the auto was going, so special permission was obtained from Air Traffic Control to fly a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter at illegally low altitude over the circuit, with Mardenborough, the DualShock4 controller and the Racelogic LCD display on board. On his fasted lap with the GT-R/C, he clocked a time of 1 minute, 17.47 seconds, which is impressive considering that the Silverstone single-lap record of 1 minute, 30.621 seconds was set by a fully race-prepped F1 auto.

Nissan has come up with something very appreciable innovation to celebrate releasing of the Gran Turismo Sport on 18th October. Rather than standard Bluetooth, these instructions were sent via a wireless system with a range of 1 km (0.6 mi) to six computers mounted in the rear of the vehicle that updated the robots' movements up to 100 times a second. It is operated using an unmodified PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, and the system can operate the vehicle from up to 1 kilometer away.

British firm JLB Design fitted the Nissan with four robots to operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle. Behind the... wheel (??) was NISMO racing driver Jann Mardenborough who was hovering close by in a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter.

Jann said: "This was once-in-a-lifetime, truly epic stuff". "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". JLB Design has done an incredible job at making everything respond really well.

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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".

The controls certainly don't seem ideal, but Mardenborough was able to get the GT-R past 130 miles per hour at Silverstone while piloting it from a helicopter.

The Nissan GT-R/C, as the name suggests, is a full size, remotely controllable Nissan GT-R racecar. The GT-R/C will tour primary and secondary schools in an effort to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

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