The system features a real car inside a 7.1m-diameter dome with a 360-degree screen on its interior surface, onto which video that mimics real-world driving is projected. The whole lot is then placed on a computer-controlled platform that shifts on hydraulics to simulate the feeling of driving.
Thrills but no spills
Drivers can operate the car as they would on a road and the system responds with appropriate visuals and sound effects - add to that the fact that the rig can move forward and backwards through 35m and sideways by 20m and you have a recipe for the world's most realistic videogame, we reckon.
Fun factor aside, Toyota says the simulator will be used to examine how drivers perform under certain conditions and to assess its new safety technologies.