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Race Sense makes sense for racers

November 08, 2012, 05:36 PM IST by Charles Pennefather
Race Sense makes sense for racers

If you're the kind who loves your vehicles and gadgets, this is going to get you excited. Just like the Torque app that lets you look behind the scenes at what your car is doing, the Race Sense app takes data from a smartphone's sensors and quantifies it for later consumption. Result? You can analyse the data for better performance, say, around a race track. 

How Race Sense does this is simple: it uses the phone's accelerometers, GPS and inclinometer to get data on braking force, lean angles, speed and, if you're on a racetrack, location onto Google Maps. The readings will undoubtedly help in analysing where the key to improvements lie. Currently teams have no choice but to depend on horrendously expensive (but admittedly accurate) GPS-based devices to do this job. 

The app has been developed with help from Australian Moto2 racer Anthony West, who has invested his own money into developing the app. He has teamed up with an Italian programmer and motorcycle rider who is writing a similar program for a Japanese drifting team called Team Orange. 

You don't have to be a racer to use Race Sense - enthusiasts can use it to brag about their Sunday morning ride, since the ability to share statistics on Facebook and Twitter will be inbuilt. 

Why we at CarWale are excited about Race Sense (besides the fact that we're fans of the D1 grand prix) is that it can very easily be adapted to be put to use for cars as well. There already are more than a few apps that can log some of these parameters, but none can plot the parameters to a map the way Race Sense claims it will be able to. If you're an enthusiast, you might want to have a go with Race Sense. 

 

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