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Let your PS3 drive you to work!

For those not in the know, there's this thing held every so often called the DARPA challenge where people modify cars to drive themselves across the land, instead of having people doing the, er, footwork. Anyway, San Diego based group Axion Racing was tired from making the cars drive themselves -- it was too easy, they said. So they decided to take a PS3 running Linux, slap it into the car, and have it process a series of camera information to assist in keeping the car on the road.

Yet another insane use for the PS3 and the Cell processor, if you ask us. This must be the only console to have such limitless applications, but this one borders on ridiculous. We're not saying it's a bad idea or it's sort of silly, but it has that "if we can do it, let's" vibe. It's an unnecessary way to do things, but Axion Racing is going to prove that the PS3 can, in fact, drive you to work if you let it.

[Thanks, Jason!]

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1. Are you serious? I would like to see a 360 do that.


Posted at 11:47AM on Aug 4th 2007 by Steve

2. Slow weekend coming... I'll be at Joystiq, but I do love being here at 'fanboy

Posted at 11:51AM on Aug 4th 2007 by PSN: ummfada

3. lmao the ps3 can be your wife too? XD

great idea about the cell if it really works they might mass product the idea

Posted at 11:52AM on Aug 4th 2007 by naruto007

4. Cogratulations Sony. You duped the masses into thinking that the PS3 is "more than a videogame console".

I'm with PS3fb on this one. It borders on Rube Goldburg Machine if you ask me.

Posted at 11:56AM on Aug 4th 2007 by Edge

5. Wow, check out the eye candy!

Posted at 12:17PM on Aug 4th 2007 by Galley

6. heh, "if you were on a desert island what console would you bring?" "pfft, PS3 so i can make a damn boat! FTW"

Posted at 12:27PM on Aug 4th 2007 by ryano

7. @ Edge

No Kidding. wow. Dejevu, first Saddam was using the "power of the PS2" to run his air defence network, and 3rd world countries were going to use it to create nuclear weapons due to that cutting edge processing power, of the PS2. And now this for the PS3.

Posted at 12:42PM on Aug 4th 2007 by WebMaster

8. im going to make my ps3 fly me to the moon and back (x-box 360 and its RRoD would get ya killed)

Posted at 2:24PM on Aug 4th 2007 by money_mike_preme

9. Wow i want to get my hand on the linux they have! fuck the car i want a high powered computer/console and wait for somebody to get a patch so i can ru n crysis on the linux OS. the linux they have now doesnt allow you to use both the gpu and cpu and its yet to really get a hold of the cells power because of sonys block in the software. PLEASE SONY LET ME DO AS I PLEASE!!! GIVE ME-LINUX DELUX XJ200 XX turbo UBERMAX JR26 CRISS CROSS MAKES YOU JUMP 2008 XP GTR HOME EDITION

Posted at 11:25PM on Aug 4th 2007 by MYPS3KilledMy360

10. Galley's just checking out the hot

Posted at 1:18AM on Aug 5th 2007 by secret

11. Lol. It's not an insane or silly idea. It's an insane or silly idea using the cell processor to play games :p which currently doesn't even touch the capabilities of that processor - for the following reason - programming time and expertise ( = money). For the price of the ps3 and the type of processor it has - if someone can actually use it - i would say that's great.

Posted at 3:14AM on Aug 5th 2007 by Val

12. Hot babes? Those two ladies on the left and right are the geeks. The folks in the middle are just eye candy.

Posted at 3:16AM on Aug 5th 2007 by Mutsch

13. Driver: Mac OS X.

Posted at 4:57AM on Aug 5th 2007 by SystemError51

14. Driver: Microsoft XP, .NET, and C#

Posted at 5:59AM on Aug 5th 2007 by gojeda

15. Dude I am legally blind, so I can not drive. So the idea of cars driving themselves is a life long dream, but the idea of my PS3 driving me is just the iceing in the cake.

Posted at 2:52AM on Aug 6th 2007 by Ryan

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