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Toyota gadget lets drivers race against their real-world times in Gran Turismo 6

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Toyota is launching an onboard telemetry recorder for one of its sports car models in Japan, and one way to use it is to upload the data to Gran Turismo 6 and race against one's real-world times.

Toyota announced the "Sports Drive Logger" will launch June 2, so far in Japan only. The GT6 functionality really only works if one drives an 86 (the Scion FR-S in North America) and drives it on one of three real-life courses that are in the game, all of which are in Japan.

Still, it's an intriguing use of the technology. Toyota said Gran Turismo 6 is the first application to make use of the Sports Drive Logger's technology. The PS3's April 2 firmware update allows it to upload data to GT6's GPS Visualizer and replay real track runs in the game or race against their friends' times.

Tracks supported so far are Fuji Speedway International Racing Course; Tsukuba Circuit 2000 Course, and Suzuka Circuit International Racing Course.

No word yet if the Moon's racetrack will be supported.

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