Mercedes’ In-Car Gaming Challenge Opens Up Infotainment Systems To Developers

Mercedes-Benz has just announced the In-Car Gaming Challenge, a competition where developers will create in-car video games for vehicles of the future.

The In-Car Gaming Challenge is open for students, developers, designers, graduates and startup businesses. Mercedes-Benz wants entrants to design games where players can interact with the real world through augmented reality while also having the ability to play with other motorists via car-to-car communication.

Innovators who enter the competition and come up with an entertaining game will have the chance to win a prize of 10,000 euros ($11,320), with the final showcase event set to be held at the University of Stuttgart on June 26.

Mercedes-Benz recently demonstrated the power of its MBUX infotainment system at the Mobile World Congress in a new CLA sedan. Attendees at the event could play SuperTuxKart while in the driver’s seat of the CLA using the steering wheel and pedals as controls as well as other buttons and switches to interact with the game.

The In-Car Gaming Challenge represents more than gaming enthusiasts simply having a chance to show the world their work; it aims to open the doorway to future developments in the world of in-car entertainment.

As autonomous driving technologies become more commonplace, motorists will be able to enjoy a plethora of entertainment options in their vehicles – and one of them will be advanced gaming software. Playing Mario Kart while letting a car drive itself isn’t yet upon us, but it sooner or later it will be, and for gaming enthusiasts, this could turn out to be very exciting.

One can’t help but notice the irony that you might be able to play, say Gran Turismo in your car, but not actually drive the car itself. When that time comes, and it will come, better invest in a quality VR set then.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    RoadBlasters 2031, anyone? Or how about Mad Max?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Augmented Reality looks so promising. A zombie game would be so cool. So would an underwater simulator that makes it look like you’re traveling in Atlantis from the Aquaman movie. Seats that vibrate and move around would be cool too.

    • Bash

      you had me dreaming mate!

  • Bash

    “… Playing Mario Kart while letting a car drive itself isn’t yet upon us, but it sooner or later it will be, and for gaming enthusiasts, this could turn out to be very exciting…”

    Now this question might be not legit, but Who is the audience or public segment this is intended to. what is the percentage of the people out there who can legally be behind the steering wheel and yet at the same time still plays video games?

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