Autocar reports Toyota and Subaru are working on ways to sharpen the GT 86, BRZ and Scion FR-S triplets. While that may mean buyers could see a convertible version of the sports coupe as soon as 2014, engineers are also working on a variety of other improvements, including a new track telemetry system. Using an onboard black box, the gadgetry will record a slew of data from track days. That's nothing new, but the cool part is buyers will then be able to upload and compare their times with other FR-S owners via Sony PlayStation. The report says Toyota is currently working to map major tracks around the world.

There's no word on when the kit will debut, but according to the report, buyers of early models will be able to retrofit their cars with the telemetry system with relative ease. In addition, multiple online tutorials and demonstrations will be available for various tracks.


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      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      Timing laps often voids both warranty coverage and standard insurance policies. I wonder how that will be handled in this case...
        PatrickH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imag
        That's a very good point. I attend HPDEs which are covered by my insurance mainly because they are not timed events.
      tributetodrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Turbo>Playstation
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
        Another sign of toyota's whack prioritizing...
        Brandon Allen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
        For serious. It needs a blower, not a box that blows
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      So there will be all of 12 names on there because 17 year old girls won't be tracking these
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      typical. Since it's a Japanese company, they have to choose Sony Playstation as a partner, yet the Gran Turismo franchise has lagged. If they said they were going to be using this for Sony, Microsoft, etc, I'd be more impressed, but instead it's another "keep it Japanese" vs. the best solution.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        Since Toyota has already worked with Sony/Polyphony Digital on something like this before (see my comment below with the video link) you can pretty much see why it's PS only. Polyphony Digital works with many manufacturers every year on research and development. (body designs, user interfaces (see GT-R))
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        After working for a Japanese automotive supplier, what you said is 100% true. Only if there was not a Japanese option and they weren't able to import it from Japan in time would they buy something from an American company. Nearly all assembly equipment that was built for our plant either was imported from Japan or built buy a Japanese company located in America. All of that equiqment always was spec'ed with Japanese components (senors, PLC's, robots, etc....). That is just they way they are. They do what they can to money following to Japanese companies to help the Japanese economy.
        Sc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        Just as an FYI, Sony makes the Playstation.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        [blocked]
        PatrickH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AP1_S2K
        GT5 is still the undisputed (console system) king of driving simulation. Some people prefer Forza as a "game" but as a driving simulator nothing touches GT5. Now kind move along...
          Kris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PatrickH
          If you have ever driven a real racing simulator, you would've never say that GT5 or let alone Forza are simulators.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ya ok big deal a black box that can send data to the play station network . Wow that is really usefull ! What an improvement now you can brag to your friends about your crappy driving and your crappy be wannabe sportscars . What a joke .
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      My comments are being deleted, thanks again autoblog. I originally had the first or second comment on this article, which read: "PS3 has no games." This is not an offensive comment, nor does it break any discussion rules. For those who recognize the statement, I am making a reference to a meme regarding the lack of specific titles available for the PS3, or the lack of quality compared to those available solely for the Xbox 360. As you can imagine, most people here bought a PS3 for GT5 and, as you can further imagine, most of them would agree with my sentiment.
        PatrickH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I bought a PS3 so I could play GT5 and watch BluRays. I don't care if the PS3 has 2 games to play on it or 200.
      sumfoo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      turbo, supercharger, 2 more pistons > playstation compatibility
      Kyngfish
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you liked it then you shoulda put a turbo on it.
      Tamoor Chaudhry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not computer compatible black box?
        dave roth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tamoor Chaudhry
        Because, for most people installing/setting up software is easier on a PS3 than a PC.
      prince_david
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am confused. Does that mean the car comes with a PS3?
        Andre Neves
        • 2 Years Ago
        @prince_david
        No. Means it comes with an interface connection that allows you to connect it to a PS3(not sure why you'd want that) to compare track times and such. How about a connection that allows you to connect it to a computer/pc instead? Would make much more sense.
          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Good point. A simple flash drive and PC-based program could do the trick. I guess Toyota is trying to give Sony a hand by promoting the playstation?
      Donny Hoover
      • 2 Years Ago
      No comments about "playstations on wheels"? GT-R haters must not frequent this blog, which is great! This is a great idea as long as it doesn't void the warranty and you have no obligation to hand it over to your insurance company. It would make more sense with a USB jack and a simple program for Windows vice the PS3 though.
      • 2 Years Ago
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