1. Chemy JMHT's Avatar


    Everyone is riding the virtual reality wave, even Toyota's new car.

    Customers Can Test Drive The Latest Toyota Prius In VR Before Buying It-img_0347.jpg

    The Japanese car manufacturer will be showcasing its new 2017 Prius Prime during TechCrunch's Disrupt SF 16, an event held for startup debuts. However, instead of the conventional rotating platforms, Toyota will allow people to take the new car for a drive a virtual one.

    Enlisting the services of neofuturistic concept artist Sydney Jay Mead, better known as Syd Mead, Toyota produced a virtual world that is filled with futuristic urban structures, vehicles and various landscapes. People can navigate through the simulated world using an HTC Vive VR headset. With the aid of a hydraulically driven mechanical bucket seat, the "4D" VR experience, which Toyota named as "The Impossible Quest," gets closer to the real-world conditions of driving a car.

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    The Impossible Quest showcases a virtual world that was designed by 'visual futurist' Sydney Jay Mead whose previous artistic projects include 'Elysium,' 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' and 'TRON.'

    "You're behind the wheel of the new Prius Prime and must safely deliver a mysterious stranger and his even more mysterious package to his destination, all while outrunning and outmaneuvering a cadre of villains who are in pursuit," says Engadget's Andrew Tarantola who also got to try out The Impossible Quest. "The experience has the user navigating an ever changing cityscape."

    Tarantola adds that to further enhance the experience, Toyota blasts the driver with air and water vapors at select moments. Successfully dropping the villains and arriving at the designated location, the passenger will show the driver that package's contents.
    Complimenting VR driving experience is something akin to the Google's Tilt Brush, a program that lets users draw in 3D space. Originally, the Toyota planned to use Tilt Brush since it comes bundled the HTC Vive. However, with Tilt Brush's limitations in exporting finished pieces, Toyota employed Saatchi & Saatchi, a global communications and advertising agency, to create similar software.

    So what's so important about exporting the artwork created by users that Toyota needed a whole new one designed? It becomes the content of the mysterious package that the passenger is holding. Hence, the driver gets to see his own creation. Yep.

    Sources:
    - https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/11/to...r-future-trip/
    - Customers Can Test Drive The Latest Toyota Prius In VR Before Buying It : TECH : Tech Times
    09-13-2016 02:21 PM
  2. Sim_8_3's Avatar
    That's pretty cool, but what would be even more cool is if you will be able to do it from the comfort of your own living room, of course you wont have the driver's side setup which I guess is mostly the point.
    09-14-2016 01:06 AM
  3. BioFanatic's Avatar
    I love to try this, but not necessarily because of the Prius. I just think a VR driving simulator with steering wheel with accurate feedback would be great. I'm guessing Project Cars and other racing titles would be a blast!
    09-14-2016 09:38 AM
  4. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    That's pretty cool, but what would be even more cool is if you will be able to do it from the comfort of your own living room, of course you wont have the driver's side setup which I guess is mostly the point.
    Project Cars is available for VR mate, and I think it may be awesome, the graphics are amazing in a regular screen, so imagine in a VR HMD.
    09-20-2016 06:27 PM

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