Vauxhall will be hoping to break records with its new Corsa when it goes on sale in January – and will start off by using it to create the world’s largest GPS drawing.
GPS art uses satellites to track a person’s (or vehicle’s) position. Tracks of a journey are recorded in the GPS recorder’s memory, meaning you can download it later and see where you’ve been on a map.
GPS artists use this technology to create virtual drawings – and GPS art pioneer Jeremy Wood will be using a Vauxhall Corsa to create his latest masterpiece.
Wood is currently driving a prototype 2015 Vauxhall Corsa fitted with a GPS receiver on a month-long, 7,000 mile trip around the UK’s mainland.
Once it’s finished, Vauxhall hopes the picture will beat the current Guinness World Record for the largest GPS drawing, which currently stands at 4,451 miles.
The manufacturer’s keeping schtum about what the drawing will be – but insists it “will have particular relevance to the day on which it goes live.”
When the Vauxhall Corsa is launched to the media in a series of drives around the UK, the cars will be fitted with GPS receivers that will add to Wood’s artwork.
That means, when we drive the Corsa later this week, we’ll be taking part in the world record attempt.
“This is by far the most challenging commission that I’ve taken on. In order to make the image instantly recognisable, I’ve driven the new Corsa on a huge mix of roads and travelled some of the most convoluted routes to ensure that the outlines are clear and memorable.”
The image will be revealed at the end of October, ahead of the Corsa going on sale in January.