Date: Mar - May 2019 | Digital Track Driving Assistant | Team Project
Apex is a system of products for novice racetrack drivers that provides real time augmented on-track driving instruction, and in-depth performance analysis to help lower and break down the entry barriers of the racing sport.
*Work in Progress
The existing experience of getting into the track racing motorsport is daunting and hard, there are many barriers to progressing as a racer. Learning to drive on a track is overwhelming and complex, and current tools needed are hard to use and set up.
The Apex System
The Product Kit allows On-Track Instruction and collects driver data. The Website allows Pre-Event Preparation & Post-Event Drive Analysis.
The User Experience
Drivers can study their specific racetrack before an event. On event day they can rent The Apex Product Kit, get live on track instruction without the need of a coach in certain stages. The race data is logged into the Apex online server and website. They can then look at an in depth lap by lap analysis of their race sessions to learn from their mistakes with a coach or with their racing community. The website also has a career overview and community platform so they can see their progression over time and share driving knowledge. (all racers benefit).
01 Apex Vista
An AR HUD helmet that augments a real time drive line in front of the driver’s eyes. It uses waveguide lenses and lasers that digitally augment the line (via GPS) and other driver aid in front of the user’s eyes. It divides the crucial stages of a turn using color to help drivers visually learn the line, and also trains proper eye placement through out your lap (via eye trackers).
Decreases dependency of visual aid in four phases.
Other methods of Virtual Aid
Pre- On-Track Aid
Pre - Wheel-to-Wheel Aid
02 Apex Dash
A dash mountable image stabilizer that works with the Vista’s augmented HUD, using AR to communicate driver and marshal signals.
The grid of LEDs allow the Vista to map images in harsh and changing lighting conditions on track days. ~ The Vista - uses a combination of OIS (optical) and EIS (electronic) along with Marker + GPS AR in order to stabilize augmented signals.
Adaptable & Customizable Display
The signals adapt and change according to different dash profiles while also keeping a low profile but also maintaining a very legible size. The driver can customize his personal signal layout according to need. Overtime the design could be improved with software updates.
03 Apex Link
The Apex Link is a smart (EMG) band that recognizes motion and hand gestures through muscle tracking and turns them into communication signals, allowing driver - driver communication (passing signals) and driver - marshal communication (Flagging).
Safer & Efficient Signaling
Uses existing protocol of safety signals, but creates a safer driving experience. No longer need to stick arm out of window to issue a hand signals to other drivers.
Tracks Bad Habits
It spots unsafe driver technique. Monitors & records driver’s hand grip pressure and hand positions. Logs data and the driver can view it in his performance analysis.
Gesture Control with Vista
Allows hand gestures to control Vista’s interface.