Toyota, Nintendo team on in-car navigation remote

New tool allows users to set destinations, map out routes, and even get sightseeing information.

Ready to control a car's navigation system with a handheld game?

For those who often feel they are competing against their in-vehicle navigation system to get to their desired destination, Toyota has a new tool that may help you beat the voice that lives in your dashboard.

The Japanese automaker has teamed up with Nintendo to turn the Nintendo DS into navigational remote control that allows users to set destinations, map out routes, and even get sightseeing information.

Dubbed the Kuruma de DS, the game card is Bluetooth-enabled for easy pairing of the handheld game with the vehicle's navigation system, according to a Kotaku report. The interface features Nintendo Mii characters and even sports a speedometer.

The game will also show you information about where your vehicle has been and even pose quizzes.

However, this little tour de fun is a bit pricey: Toyota's top-end navigation system runs about $2,600, while the game itself costs about $90. And you will also have to factor in the cost of traveling to Japan, because for now it looks as though the pair will be available only in Japan.

 

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