With increasing amounts of digital technology migrating into cars, Dr. Garnet Hertz explores the extreme consequences of digital driving.
With racing franchises like Gran Turismo and Forza, video game makers are pushing to provide players with as much realism as possible. Dr. Garnet Hertz, a technology artist has created a hybrid driving game which players drive through the real world via a digital course. Hertz combined an old Sega OutRun game cabinet with an electric golf cart. The console game becomes the drivers windshield as they drive through a digital version of their surroundings translated from front facing cameras. While players travel through real space, the view they see on screen is rendered in old school 8-bit graphics.
OutRun [is designed] to de-simulate the driving component of a video game: where game simulations strive to be increasingly realistic (usually focused on graphics), this system pursues ‘real’ driving through the game. Additionally, playing off the game-like experience one can have driving with an automobile navigation system, OutRun explores the consequences of using only a computer model of the world as a navigation tool for driving.