Wednesday, 20 Jul, 2011 Technology
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ToyToyota's New GPS-Based App Keeps Kids Entertained During Long Trips

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ToyToyota, a new brand from the famous Japanese carmaker has recently unveiled its first toy entitled Backseat Driver.

The invention represents a GPS-based application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It allows children to play a racing video game connected by GPS to the current driving route.

GPS is used to mirror the route of the actual vehicle. The real car is represented in the game as "Papa Car" and it is chased by the virtual car controlled by the player.

Using the phone's accelerometer, the player can turn the in-game car to the left or right and each time an accurate turn is made or the player picks up a certain object on the road they earn points.

Among the objects that the player can collect in Backseat Driver there are those dropped by Papa Car or the ones associated with different real-life buildings taken from the GPS map, including restaurants and shops. These building appear in the game as icons.

All the landmarks that the player managed to collect are saved and the user can easily access them through a separate page. The game offers detailed information on each landmark.

Points earned can be used to improve the design of the virtual vehicle, including the charge of color and parts.

The video game allows players to register their results, including the distance and points earned, online, thus allowing them to continuously compete with each other.


Backseat Driver can be downloaded here. The game is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 3rd and 4th generation and iPad.

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