Another automaker set to enter the 2009 L.A. Design Challenge is General Motors with their play on the popular Guitar Hero video game brand that get gamers in touch with their musical sides. The 2030 OnStar Car Hero from GM is a driver training device that is packaged to look like a video game of today, the Car Hero features three stages of automotive instruction. The unit will take users from piloting a somewhat traditional four wheeled machine used for teaching the rules of the road all the way up to a gyroscopically controlled single wheeled vehicle with upgraded maneuverability that will challenge the driver’s skills against the car’s autonomous system.
Aside from being a learning device, once fully unlocked GM’s car of the future will also be full of features like P2P applications like Friends and Fantay Drive. The first is a futuristic take on Twitter that lets your companions come along with you on your journey and opens up a direct line of communication with them from wherever you are on the planet. The Fantasy Drive feature is the perfect alternative to tiresome and lengthy commutes allowing the driver to virtually escape the traffic and much like a bonus level in a video game experience unique and fantastic alternative driving environments. The GM Car Hero blurs the line between driving and gaming, and if the next generation of automotive consumers have anything to say about it, General Motors’ car of the future is guaranteed to be a hit.
Official details after the jump.
Are you gaming or are you driving?
Yes. The OnStar Car Hero is a vehicle and a game… it turns driving into gaming and challenges your skills against the car’s autonomous system. Imagine a gaming experience which can actually teach a beginner to drive or challenge the experienced… whether you’re a lowbie or a legend, Car Hero takes "getting there" to a whole new level.
Getting started is easy. Just enter your destination into the navi app on your smart phone and the car takes care of the rest. It lets you "play along" and try to match the skill level of the system. As you get better, the Car Hero "unlocks" vehicle control to the point where the autonomous system is overridden and you’re in complete control.
This is where things get interesting. As the Car Hero gamer demonstrates skill and mastery, the vehicle’s "transmorphable" architecture turns up the intensity by creating an increasingly challenging driving experience. Car Hero’s configuration rewards your skills by gradually changing from a four, to three, to the ultimate challenge, a single wheeled vehicle. Your talent determines how outrageous it gets and where it lets you go.
Car Hero also features P2P apps like "Friends Drive" where anyone can come along for a digital joyride, think of it as Twitter with wheels. For those bored and stuck in yet another LA Sigalert, "Fantasy Drive" gives you access to insane environments such as running with the bulls in Pamplona or taking on Ken Block in a drift contest… down a black diamond at Mammoth!
The experience is up to you. Only question is… Are you up for it?