Sony’s PSP Controlled Remote Car

By Spencer . April 9, 2009 . 4:39pm

pspcar A patent filed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe details an invention where the PSP could be used to operate a remote car with a camera.


The proposed system has the car, which is moved via a wireless link to a PSP system, capture the environment with a mounted camera. Visual data from the car’s camera is beamed back to the PSP so the user can navigate around obstacles or record and save a movie. The patent specifically says, “a user may control the car 200 (ed’s note: that’s the figure number) so as to spy on their friends… then upload the stored video images to a website.”



Here is a rough look at the car’s schematics. What you can’t see is Sony plans to give the car a speaker and/or microphone. The speaker can be used to play music or reproduce the sound of a particular car like a Ferrari or with editing, perhaps, the Mach 5. Sound effects like engine noises may be preloaded in the car’s memory.



The car can also be used for a racing game within “augmented reality zones”. These are explained as areas with virtual markers and paths that players physically create. Think of it as a build your own race track video game. When you’re inside an augmented reality zone the car moves. Leave the zone and the car freezes so you don’t drive it down a staircase, for example. The patent proposes the augmented reality areas may show the real environment or replace objects with computer generated images. In other words the car can take your sofa and translate it into say, an alien mother ship.


Since this is a patent the PSP remote car system is theoretical. As a new idea there is potential if Sony uses it for more than a spy car. How about Gran Turismo Mobile Camera Car?

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  • MadMirko

    That reminds me a bit of the old Carrera VRS, which allowed you to connect GBAs to your Carrera track to use as controllers and / or AI opponents.

  • lee

    lol i love it…i hope it comes to fruition at e3 cuz this actually looks legit and not like just concept art…if its already patented and the insides worked out…but if it does,it looks like we wont be the psp 4000/psp 2 for a while with the wild designs they got in plan for it…or i should say the wild designs WE have for it

  • nerO


  • nerO

    not gona happen

    • Will

      ^ someones mad that he bought a shitty looking DS with kid games

  • JeremyR

    Of course, we’ll never see this in the US. Like the GPS or Camera…

  • Barry

    Concidering US gets nearly everything before EU stop moaning, As soon as US doesnt get something first they moan, just put up with it like we do

  • Blair MacIntyre

    That is completely absurd as a patent. How does one file prior-art documentation with the patent office, anyway? I had students do this for a class project (albeit with a laptop instead of a PSP, but with an RC car, wireless camera, markers around the floor and walls, etc) back in the fall of 2006.

  • D

    Hi Spencer what is the patent number so I can read more about it?



  • Hristo Stoichkov

    PSP Forever and ever and ever and ever.

  • lalalal

    that would be amazing!!!!!!!!! I really hope it comes!

  • It is possible. Bluetooth can be used as a frequency for this and PSP FTW!

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