A COMPLETE SUITE WITH NAVIGATION APP
ROADBOOK DELIVERY SYSTEM
RDS lets you deliver digital roadbooks that are available only during the duration of your Rally event, and exclusively to the attendees.. Completely seamless and natural experience for the riders. Simple and easy to use for the organizers.
Rally Roadbooks is a digital roadbook navigation app taken to it’s limit. Navigate with all the instruments, speed zones, waypoints, direction arrow, cap, etc. With intelligent scroll and screen lock. Customizable to each rider’s preferences, and compatible will all the best bluetooth remotes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & QUICK GUIDE
ROADBOOK DELIVERY SYSTEM
BACKOFFICE, FOR EVENT ORGANIZERS
No. It's not possible to share, save, copy or otherwise get unauthorized access.
There are no passwords involved, so password sharing isn't an issue.
Yes. It validates all types of waypoints, and for waypoints with open radius, it displays the arrow with the distance and waypoint number - just like the rallycomp or ertf hardware does.
Simply put, Public roadbooks are listed in the navigation's app library. Everyone can open and navigate this roadbook, anytime.
Private roadbooks are only listed for the event's attendees on the stage date you set, and disappear after the stage has ended.
You can use public roadbooks as a form of promotion. Just be sure that the route is completely legal and don't step on private properties or public parks (unless you have all the necessary permits).
Only the current digital format of OpenRallyTags is accepted. The platform dosn't work with PDF files.
In RDS, create a new Roadbook, then use the "Upload Roadbook" button to select your digital roadbook file. If you haven't generated it yet, here's how you can do it:
- Using RallyNavigator 2.0
- After designing the roadbook, use the menu File > Export >OpenRally/GPX to generate the digital roadbook file.
- Using RallyNavigator.com
- Choose the "Include OpenRallyTag data" option.
- It doesn't matter if you also generate a PDF, and the page format isn't relevant for the digital format.
An event can have multiple stages. Each stage has a date and a Roadbook.
The participant list is uploaded to the Event. All participants of the event will have access to all stages, in the corresponding set date.
- You can also have several stages in the same date, for letting the riders choose from different options:
- Different distances
- Easier route
- Easier navigation
- Or you can create several events, to enforce segregation:
- Different routes to minimize pilots following each other (A and B)
- Specific category routes (motos, SSV, cars)
Once you've created the event, and set the dates, you can upload the list of participants. You can do this directly from the Event.
You must upload a csv file with the follow format:
name, email, category
Peter, email@example.com, MOTO
John, firstname.lastname@example.org, SSV
Ricky, email@example.com, CAR
Important: the email of the participant MUST be the one that it's used on the participant's device. In other words, it has to be the same email that the rider uses on his device to log in the navigation app "Rally Roadbooks".
You can generate this file in Excel, by creating a list with this three columns (name, email, category) and then exporting the file as a CSV (comma separated value). Just make sure that Excel uses comma ( , ) to separate each value, and not semicolon ( ; ).
Also, you can download a template file from here.
NOTE: the only accepted categories are MOTO, SSV and CAR.
As an event organizer, you'll see all your roadbooks on the navigation app. There's no need to add yourself in the participant list or to adjust dates.
Just make sure to use the same account on the device that you use on the Roadbook Delivery System.
If you use another account on the device, the app won't recognize you as the roadbook owner.
When creating an event, and choosing the date and time for each stage, please mind the chosen timezone of the event.
It's always best to set the timezone to the event's location, and set the date/time locally.
If you have stages on different time zones, you have two options:
- Add the time difference manually on the date/time of the stage
- Split the event into several - one for each time zone
The navigation app is waypoint and speed zones aware, so in order to have the full Rally Raid experience, you should include this items on your roadbook. But it's totally optional.
In case you do, you must pay attention to the following:
- Open radius
- Make sure the open radius is the correct size to avoid the waypoint being open before it is supposed to. For instance, if it intersects another part of the track where the rider will pass that isn't supposed to open the waypoint.
- Waypoints have no sequential order. It means that if the rider is in the open radius, it will be open. If you don't have experience with roadbook designing with waypoints, avoid waypoint intersection until you completly understand how it works.
- Riders can dismiss an open waypoint. So if there's another one already in radius, it will open instantly.
- Don't forget to set the radius for WPS (Waypoint Safety), SZ (Start Zone) and ASS (Finish Special Stage).
- Validation radius
- Consider the rider's speed when approaching a waypoint's validation radius. If the radius is too small and the speed too high, the rider might pass by it without the GPS of the device having recording it's position.
- Usually the GPS updates every second, and depending on the precision (is it cloudy? are there any mountains? or buildings?) it's best to keep it above 30m.
- For open wide terrain when you know the riders will be blasting by in top gear, consider higher values (100-200m).
- Speed Zones
- If you set a speed zone (SZ waypoint), you must indicate the speed limit by using the corresponding speed icon.
- Speed zones must be closed (FZ waypoint).
- You can't change the speed limit inside a Speed Zone.
- But it's possible to set a new speed zone without closing the previous one (SZ > SZ > FZ).
- Be careful with the Open and Validation radius of the SZ and FZ - watch out for instersections with other parts of the track.
- Special Stages
- When using Special Stages (Start Special Stage and Finish Special Stage waypoints) in circular tracks, please mind that the rider could possible validate the Finish Special Stage while starting the route.
- Consider setting the Open and Validation radius in a way that the don't intersect, or maybe place the Finish Special Stage a bit before the finish line.
As a roadbook designer, if you active this feature, riders will be able to use a map-based application to navigate to the chosen roadbook note. This is useful for beginner level roadbooks - if the rider gets lost, he will be able to quickly get back on track.
You can enable it for all the notes in the roadbook, or only for a select few.
If you're using Rally Navigator, simply toggle the coordinates box visible on the notes you want to have this feature active (by double clicking on it). That's it.
NAVIGATION APP, FOR RIDERS
The app is compatible with devices running Android 5.1 (or newer) with GPS, WiFi and Google Play.
The WiFi (or 3G/4G) is only needed for the initial load of the Roadbooks, and it's not required to navigate the Roadbook.
We recommend using a rugged tablet for better visibility and durability, such as:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 1 (requires upgrade do Android 5.1)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3
- ERS Tablet
Besides the recommend tablets, we also successfully tested the app in these devices:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
- Google Pixel 6 Pro
- Lenovo Tab M7
- Lenovo Tab M8
- Blackview BV6600
- Oukitel RT3
Some Huawei devices are NOT compatible, because they don't have Google Play services.
The device MUST have a GPS chip. For example, the Xiaomi Pad 5 (Nabu) doesn't have GPS.
If your device is not in this list, it only means that we haven't official tested the app with your device. Most probably, if it meet the requirements, it is compatible.
NOTE: The app automatically logs you in with your main Android account. If you have more than one account on your device, and aren't sure which one is the main one, try and disable all but one - the app will then use the one that's active.
PS: Devices with an unlocked bootloader, rooted or running an unofficial rom not certified by Google are NOT compatible - simply because they not meet Google's security standards.
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any doubts or questions.
For editing the odometer distance you can use the adjustment buttons (+ and -) on the remote. Each click adjusts 10 m (0.01 km). You can keep the button pressed to faster adjustment, if the remote allows it).
Another way is to tap the odometer for about 3 seconds. A window pops up and lets you edit the total distance with a keypad.
The odometer only counts to 99.99, and then reverts to 0.00 - this is to save space on the screen, and have bigger digits.
The partial odometer can't be adjusted, only the main one can.
Check out the video tutorial here.
The partial odometer is stopped by default. To start it, simply tap on it. If it's already running, the tap will restart it from zero.
start/restart: Tap it, or with the remote: click the third button (usually red, or yellow). If using the ARN Rally remote, you'll have to double click.
reset & stop: tap it for about 3 seconds
Note: the partial odometer counts in meters (ex: 300m), as opposed the main odometer that counts in kilometers (ex: 0.30)
The chronometer will start automatically whenever you enter a Special Stage. It starts as soon as you validate the corresponding waypoint.
It will stop automatically when you finish that stage by validating the corresponding waypoint.
The time shown in the Chronometer it's only for the rider's feedback. It's not the official time used for classifications.
To ignore an open waypoint tap on the arrow for about 3 seconds. The waypoint won't open again until the RB is reset.
To dismiss a speed zone alert tap on the speedometer for about 3 seconds. The alert disappears and the current speed zone will be ignored until the next pass.
If the roadbook contains any "GPS" box on the lower right corner of the notes section, then it allows the rider to navigate to that note's coordinates using any navigation app present on the rider's device.
To use this feature, tap for about 3 seconds on the "GPS" box, and choose the app you wish to use. It has been tested with Osmand (with offline maps) and Google Maps (online).
See the video tutorial here.
It's the roadbook creator who chooses which notes, if any, will have this feature active.
Roadbooks usually have several waypoints along the track. Some are hidden and some are visible.
When the rider is inside the open radius of a visible waypoint (close enough to it), the app displays an arrow pointing to it. It also informs about the distance to the waypoint and the waypoint number. If the rider goes inside the validation radius (smaller than the open radius), the waypoint is considered validated - the waypoint number flashes, the arrow disappears and the validated waypoint count goes up.
If the rider exits the open radius without validating the waypoint, it will become closed. The arrow disappears. If the rider enters again the open radius, it will open again.
Hidden waypoints are validated when the rider goes inside the validation radius.
Some waypoints will open immediately after the previous one was validated, such as the Eclipse Waypoint (WPE), End of Speed Zone (FZ) or Checkpoints.
Once a waypoint is validated it won't open or validate again.
Each waypoint may have different open and validation radius, regardless of their type.
Check out the video tutorial here.
The app allows you to hide the hundreds digits from the Roadbook. So instead of viewing "120,99", you'll only see "0,99".
You can use this feature to enhance the readability of the Roadbook, as the numbers stay bigger, and they also match exactly what you see in the Odometer.
NOTE: The Odometer has 4 fixed digits, and it goes from 0,00 to 99,99 - and it restarts on 0,00 after that. This is so that the digits remain as large as possible, to enhance readability.
See the video tutorial here.
To activate the screen lock, press the third button on the remote for about 3 seconds. It's usually the one with the different color. For ARN Rally remote, it's about 5 seconds.
To release the screen lock, repeat the same procedure, or use the "back" button of your android device.
Locking the screen is useful during rain, as the droplets will tap everywhere on the screen and your device assumes it's you. If the screen is locked, all tap actions are ignored.
Also useful if you wish to wipe out the dust of the device's screen.
See the video tutorial here.
To add a new Roadbook you must use the Roadbook Delivery System.
The Rally Roadbooks app doesn't allow for direct loading of roadbook files.
When registering for an event you must use your device's account email to register.
If you register with a different email, you won't receive the roadbook on your device.