Originally Posted by Flood
Yes, but what about the cars, starting later on the same stage? Writing code to aggregate all positions of the bikes and making it into a GPS track and then streaming this to a small GPS/smartphone in a co-driver's hand is too easy.
I heard about some of the car teams in the Tuareg having an enormous amount of data at their disposal, who don't care about the rules at all. This would be a deal maker/breaker in the hands of the factory car teams.
Great to see that picture from Tuareg Rally,with Chris Porter(left) from Mojo Suspension,that was a wild day,we already had one rider,our friend Mick Tompkinson,on the floor with a broken vertebrae,when Kent face planted over the dune,and when he came to,all he could say was"my name is Kent,I am a blacksmith"!!!!
He was convinced he was OK to ride,and kept trying to get back on his bike,so we took his boots off and put them at the top of the next dune!!That slowed him up,riding barefoot with rally pegs is not an option........
Back to the live tracking,when I was talking to technical people at Heroes Legend scrutineering,the problem with live sattelite tracking is that the competitors could phone back to base(or even view it through their own 3g phone)to get their position off-course,and then direct themselves back on course.
IMHO the whole point of a rally is the fact that it is the riders/drivers responsibility to stay on course,and when they are off course,to work out how to get back on using the navigational aids on the bike/car.Not to phone up and get directed in like some Sega video game.