When you were younger, you probably made engine noises as you played with your toy cars. Heck, some of us still do. Well, Nissan has taken that notion and applied it to a live-action racing game. Dubbed the Voice Driver Cup, the game uses voice commands to control a toy car around a racetrack.

The idea apparently took over a year to bring to fruition. According to the YouTube description, "No complicated driving operations are needed as the volume of voice voice is translated directly into the car's propulsion." It appears from the videos that a great amount of work on the back end went in to making a racing game that was this easy to play, and the result is that all ages can take part in the fun.

A competition was held on November 17 in the gallery at Nissan HQ, and a winner was crowned. Following that event, Nissan set up a system by which competitors could vocalize their way to victory from the web, using microphones and mini-cams on each car. You may have missed the change to take part in the Voice Driver Cup Grand Prix, but you can still watch the videos of competitors trying not to look foolish as they car noises into something that looks like a phonograph speaker.








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      Ben Dover
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Harry, Harry! Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAEEEEEKKK!!!
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      As far as I know Nissan was really cash tight they had to fire thousands of employees. And look how they're wasting the budget.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do we have here? A late entry for the stupidest thing I've seen this year? It appears so.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Henry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now, that's entertainment for all. Young, old, men, women, boys, girls, tall, short, fat or skinny. Don't take yourself too seriously.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      That was...a bit...annoying.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Urusai! Damare. (Too noisy! Shut up. In Japanese.)
      Jason Alan Sipes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Vitas would destroy anyone at this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygJYxMP_ICY
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like it's just volume only? Whomever is the loudest wins? Kinda weird. It'd be more interesting if you had to back off for the corners, or maybe "shift" by modulating the pitch of your voice.