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    GPS for rally drivers

    I know in all officialness it'd be wrong, but can someone make a gps plugin to act as a co-driver calling out turns and how sharp they are before you get to them. Kind of a mode option so you set your route and can go flat out because you have warnings of what the road does ahead ?

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    Sorted !!
    I want as well !
    This would be an amazing facility, but who knows if its at all possible
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    You do realize that rally drivers aren't just calling out turns and route information, but also rises, jumps, obstacles, changes in road surface, speeds, and anything else the driver needs to be aware of in order to get through the course as fast as possible.
    There's no GPS nav software out there that's going to have all that data.

    Also, rally co-drivers get their course notes from the drivers themselves, since each driver has a different driving style and handles situations differently.

    Now, as to whether it would be possible? I think it would be possible, sure. I don't think it would be as simple as a plug-in, though. You'd have to re-code the nav software to analyze each turn for how sharp it is and give the appropriate command for different turns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    You do realize that rally drivers aren't just calling out turns and route information, but also rises, jumps, obstacles, changes in road surface, speeds, and anything else the driver needs to be aware of in order to get through the course as fast as possible.
    There's no GPS nav software out there that's going to have all that data.

    Also, rally co-drivers get their course notes from the drivers themselves, since each driver has a different driving style and handles situations differently.

    Now, as to whether it would be possible? I think it would be possible, sure. I don't think it would be as simple as a plug-in, though. You'd have to re-code the nav software to analyze each turn for how sharp it is and give the appropriate command for different turns.

    Actually, what you need to do is do your own notes on the roads, then get someone to vocalise them, then have a plugin that plays them as you drive


    This would only work for places you have already driven. (which as they aren't as dramatic as Rally courses you shouldn't need these instructions).

    However if everyone did it, then we could have a database of different roads. (but then you run into the problem that DP mentioned "each driver has a different driving style and handles situations differently.")


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    see, i'd just like it to analise whats ahead and gimme some upfront info. If it stuck to certain rules it'd work out well i think.

    Would mean those late night back road drives would be a lot more fun as you could keep the speed up where you may otherwise slow.

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    As I stated previously, this would have to be recoded in the navigation app so that it would analyze the directions in a different way than they are currently. You'd need to know how sharp the turn is and the like.

    Another thing that most (if not all) nav programs currently do is give you advanced warning of a turn or exit or whatnot so you can prepare for it (i.e. slow down or move over to make the exit). If you're driving rally-style, you're not going to want that, I'd think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    Now, as to whether it would be possible? I think it would be possible, sure. I don't think it would be as simple as a plug-in, though. You'd have to re-code the nav software to analyze each turn for how sharp it is and give the appropriate command for different turns.
    Or u could just output NMEA data from regular nav-software while driving race route once trough first... and later use that data on different plugin working aside of same nav-soft and basicly just analysing earlier data of route with current NMEA data and make it utter speech instructions based on situation, atleast roughness of turn and elevation data would be rather easy to analyze... including street surface evaluation... might be bit harder... (web cams and machine vision should get u there)

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    Lol, this is an awesome idea, but I don't know about all gps solutions but I have known my to tell me to proceed to the nearest road when driving down the highway and find when I look down that I'm someplace out in the middle of the ocean for a few seconds... I wouldn't want to get too trusting on gps's warnings.

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    From the sidelines. CommTest2, a GoogleEarth Navigator, can load and output verbally with windows speach api, directions from a Google Earth Directions KML file. The Kml file is simple text and can be edited by hand to add extra waypoints or directions. But jeeze, would a computer be able to survive in a rally car? Code's in dev mode. Adding features weekly as need.

    http://briefnotion.250free.com/ Im thinking I should have called it Google Earth navigator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skuzzle
    I know in all officialness it'd be wrong, but can someone make a gps plugin to act as a co-driver calling out turns and how sharp they are before you get to them. Kind of a mode option so you set your route and can go flat out because you have warnings of what the road does ahead ?
    not sure if anyone is still watching this thread, but DONE!!!

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