Autoblog is reporting that the Netherlands-based company, iOpener Media, has created a way to utilize GPS signals of professional race cars at live events to let video game players go head-to-head against live race car drivers on their favorite game platform. This technology could very well be available by next Christmas shopping season if developers tap into it and start using it. iOpener Media doesn’t intend to make the racing games themselves, but instead expects to offer the technology to game developers to use in their upcoming games.
I know that FOX Sports already shows replays of crashes and other things in 3D rendered views that look like a version of EA Sports NASCAR racing game. They use the GPS car tracking information when you are watching NASCAR races to do this, so I would think this same technology or similar technology is what they will use to place the real-time tracking into your favorite racing games. Could NASCAR 2010 tap into this technology and allow everyone to participate in next year’s NASCAR races from their couches? Electronic Arts you need to make this happen!
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