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‘Race Sense’ App for Motorcycle Riders
Racing enthusiasts always seem to be at the forefront of technological innovations. Cars have often been the mechanical marvels to spearhead that change, until computers won the hearts and imaginations of engineers over the past two decades. In more recent years, computing technology has been increasingly applied to motor vehicles, and now every car on the road operates with the help of a computerized 'brain'. Mechanics will always work with their hands, but now they are aided with a diagnostic sensor device that can target problems and upgrade software. And as mobile technology improves our ability to take advantage of these computing marvels regardless of where we go, automotive manufacturers are integrating them within each new release. But in the world of motorcycle racing, those high performance vehicles still rely on the skill and reflexes of the riders. And thanks to a new app innovation, motorcycle riders have advanced data on hand to improve everything they do. The Race Sense app was designed by Moto2, one of the biggest names in motorcycle racing. The engineers looked at how smartphones operate, pulling data from hundreds of sensors. And the Race Sense app works in much the same way. Just as an on-board computer comes up with data for later analysis, so will the Race Sense app. The rider simply launches the app on his smartphone, and it taps into the GPS, accelerometer and inclinometer to determine a whole range of information with the sort of precision that was never possible in real-time. Previous racing systems such as this would have cost the motorcycle team thousands upon thousands of dollars. Now the Race Sense app can deliver an analysis of lean angles, speed, braking force and Google Maps-assisted track location all through a smartphone. The racing team can then look each element over and determine what adjustments need to be made to trim time off the bottom line. It's a powerful tool for professional racers, and a great way for casual riders to learn more about their own efforts. And each race's (or commute's) results can be posted online, with one-click publishing to Twitter or Facebook. Image via. While a team of Moto2 engineers designed the app, it didn't really build momentum until it was put through the paces by Australian racer Anthony West. West is working with an Italian app developer and professional rider to create an app for one of the prominent Japanese drifting teams as well. While neither app is on the market quite yet, West is putting a significant amount of his time and money into getting it into the public's hands. It will launch soon with versions for Android, iOS and Windows Phones. And as long as it takes off with some momentum, desktop versions will follow for all operating systems as well. It is truly a next generation release, and it should prove interesting to see how it affects racing times around the world. It won't allow you to give up those motorcycle helmets, but perhaps it will help you shave five or ten milliseconds off of your best track time. And in the world of motorcycle racing, that could be the difference between first and last place. Note: Race Sense has not been released onto the App Store yet. Stay tuned here.