iPACENOTES is a project addressing a smart phone and tablet application development to completely replace the need for a co-driver in a car during racing.
In other words, the application should be able to carry out the tasks entrusted to the co-driver that is two basic tasks:
1) During reconnaissance with the driver, help the driver to write pacenotes
2) During racing timely dictate the instructions noted in pacenotes to the driver.
In rallying, pacenotes are a commonly used method of accurately describing a rallying route to be driven in extreme detail. As well as dictating the general route to be taken, in terms of turnings, junctions, etc., all notable features of the route which might affect the way it is driven at speed are included. These details include the distance between each feature, the degree and severity of bends, adverse camber, crests and hill jumpings, surface type and conditions, potholes, special instructions to the driver, etc.
Revealing “the secrets” of rallying
In reality during reconnaissance the driver goes through two processes: the first one is determining the ideal driving line that is estimating which driving line of the vehicle will be the fastest in a given stage on the road, and the second one is noting down the ideal driving line using as few symbols as possible.
Therefore, our project also has two roles: to train the users how to determine the ideal that is the fastest racing line of the car and to enable the users to use the iPACENOTES application to note down the ideal route easily using as few symbols as possible.
The training will include exchange of experiences: how to drive in the rain, in the snow, on a macadam road, what tires to choose, how to adjust the suspension, mental preparation, etc. There is a special thematic section for such purpose created on our blog.
This is not "yet another input application for instructions"
The first of the two roles the iPACENOTES application has is to enter instructions.
When entering instructions, it is important to know that the iPACENOTES application is not yet another input application for instructions similar to a number of them present in the market. As the iPACENOTES application dictates the instructions entered, the instructions entered will be geo-localized because they should be linked to the relevant stages. Because of dictation that is previously recorded words and phrases, the application itself will have a wide, but limited number of combinations of symbols. The entry will be intuitive, simple and fast, and will comply with the “language” of pacenotes to make dictation as authentic as possible
This application really talks!
It would be a complete misconception to think that dictating instructions is an easy process, no matter how easy it may seem. iPACENOTES will be the first application worldwide to actually dictate pacenotes. The underlying reason for that is the fact that it is very sensitive and complicated to determine the right moment when to dictate an instruction as a long list of interdependent parameters need to be taken into account. Some of the parameters are the speed at which one can take corners, the foreseen speed out of the current corner and into the next one, the amount of instructions dictated, the pace of dictation, accuracy and reliability of the acquired GPS positioning, dealing with technical restrictions of GPS enabling positioning only every second, determining reference points in the ideal racing line for every instruction in particular, etc.
Of course, it is completely logical to raise a question of whether the iPACENOTES project is feasible at all. Our preliminary research and testing indicate that it is and that our team is capable of pulling this project off.
Why do we believe that we are the right team to resolve this issue?
There are a number of reasons to corroborate this claim, but two of them are most important: the first reason – the members of the team are all mathematicians and first-class programmers successfully developing navigation applications for 15 years already (please visit: www.mireo.hr ). The second reason is that we are rally drivers ourselves (that is Ivica is – in 2014 he was a Croatian runner-up in Class 3, and a few of us would definitely be willing to give it a try :-) ) and we completely understand what the driver and the co-driver do.
The experience in developing road navigation applications has taught us another thing: to respect the users’ comments and to take them into account. That is why we invite you to stay with us, follow our blog and send us your comments, suggestions or opinions.
Meet our team of experts working on iPACENOTES project