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GPS nav pro's and con-do's & don'ts...?
The RallyBlitz ODO iphone app allows you to use the phone as tripmeter/odometer, by using the GPS functions in the phone to represent your speed/distance (and even compass heading). ie: it is a wireless trip that does not (biggest advantage) require the hard wiring/calibration of a wheel/magnet/sensor. Yeah, all in all sound's like a cheap easy fix as a back-up trip meter for someone who already has an iphone. Download the 20 (USD) dollar app and way ya' go...?
The two questions (that the Condo secretary addressed) are; 1.) In a place where mobile phone coverage is "patchy"... I ask; what real good is a tripmeter that can "drop out" during the stage? 2.) The compass heading function is largely redundant because the traditional Condo/Safari style roadbook does not use CAP references in the tulips at all... only cumulative and interval distances in KM's.
So the Condo secretariats reply that pretty much said the GPS capable iphone, used as a tripmeter/compass is not permitted (or needed) is in essence correct.
What the drama about the whole iphone thing is (and this is something that other rally organisers in the states have taken up with the guy who developed the app over in the RACE forum thread) is that the SAME iphone that can be used as an innocent enough GPS based "tripmeter" can with the touch of the screen, also have a GPS/tracking map function (google/mapsource type), plotting the competitors position as they navigate the course.
And THAT (in the right hands) can be used to a good amount of advantage by a skilled navigator. The basic principle of the road book navigation, is to use the route chart roll and trip meter to navigate the course... this kind of tech makes the possibilty to (cheat) far greater.
I'm not indicating that is what Gany was trying to do, by asking if it was allowed (he saw the Rallyblitz app as a simple and cost effective way to implement a second back up trip for CONDO... understand that completely)... the problem is that an iphone can be used for MORE than just the tripmeter app.
EDIT: That being said... there is nothing in the 2014 Condo Supp reg's that refers to either GPS or mobile phones being prohibited. The only mention (under 24.4 compulsory equipment) is that the motorcycle must be fitted with a roadbook/map roller (145mm width). And under 24.5 "optional equipment", that "navigational equipment and additional instruments" may be fitted. (but way back when that was - originally - written, it was in reference to aftermarket tripmeters/ICO etc.) The availabilty of GPS technology has changed the game a bit since back then.
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