This classic arcade driving game actually drives down the road

Arcade style racing games are fun, but wouldn't they be much more realistic if they were actually moving? The specially modified version of the classic 1980s arcade game OutRun does just that, by building the game console into a golf cart.

The console has cameras mounted on the front, which it then uses to create a augmented reality 1980s game style version of what's out in front of you. If you're any good at playing OutRun, you should be able to drive around without crashing into anything. I would usually crash on the first lap of OutRun, and I noticed in the video that the driver seems to keep peering around the console as he moves.

Developed by researchers from the University of California at Irvine, they claim the OutRun Project will help to develop informatics systems to assist people like quadriplegics. That sounds suitably scholastic, but I reckon they were simply out drinking one night, and thought this would be a cool thing to build.

Concept Lab, via Coolest Gadgets

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