The design of a video game generally requires several years of development. For a car racing game for example, developers must first scan each track before digitizing it. Porsche sees things differently and hopes to speed up this process. He teamed up with a Swiss start-up – Way Ahead Technologies – and launched the project Virtual Roads.
To do this, each driver will be able to use a dedicated application before attaching their smartphone to the top of their windshield. The route is filmed, recorded and then transferred to the software which converts these recordings into a 3D environment. This is a huge time saver, since the Swiss company claims that “it takes less than 1% of the time required by a conventional scanning process using lasers”.
“After several years of development work, our software is now so advanced that it can digitize routes for eight-kilometer-long virtual roads in less than an hour, depending on the complexity of the route”explique Roger Rueegg de Way Ahead Technologies. “We are also investigating other options and functions at this time.”
The founder of Way Ahead Technologies believes that data from sensors measuring lateral acceleration and chassis control could also be recorded and used in the future.
This software is based on artificial intelligence capable of reproducing decorative elements such as trees or guardrails as faithfully as possible. Once this process is completed, the generated file is compatible with a number of games such as Assetto Corsa, so that drivers and Porsche fans around the world can drive the most beautiful roads virtually. For the brand, this project has another advantage, because even routes closed to the general public or open only on certain days can be traveled unlimited.
This project is still under development. As you can see through the presentation video, improvements will undoubtedly be made to improve the graphics and the sensations behind the wheel.