Concept cars fuelled by gaming

Of all the world’s leisure pursuits, gaming and driving are two that really shouldn’t mix – one’s a polygon playground, the other contains people and

Of all the world’s leisure pursuits, gaming and driving are two that really shouldn’t mix – one’s a polygon playground, the other contains people and real lampposts. Fortunately, we live in a much less sensible world, one where the latest concept cars can be controlled with an Xbox 360 and PSP.

That’s right, we’re no longer talking chavvy Golf GTIs with a PS2 in the boot for our console-car combos. The Nissan Urge on the left has an Xbox 360 in the boot and a flip down 7in LCD for viewing the games on.

That’s not the best bit, though – pop in Project Gotham Racing 3 and you’ll be able to play (while parked, Nissan hastens to add) with the car’s own steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal. You’ll be positively volunteering for Saturday shopping trips just so you can sit in the car park and race around New York.

Even more dangerous is the super-pimped 94 Honda Civic on the right, which was purred over by all at the CES show in Las Vegas. Whip out your PSP and you can control it remotely via Wi-Fi – that’s the whole car, along with smaller features like the headlights and windows. Could our tuxedoed friend’s remote in Tomorrow Never Dies play Grand Theft Auto too? No, it couldn’t. Pathetic, Mr Bond.  

The good news for pedestrians is that the work of Metro Electronics is a one-off and isn’t for sale. Its 24 LCD screens and multitude of amps would, though, set you back in the region of £130,000, if you fancy making an offer.