this is the first post I wrote on our new website/blog and I’d like to share some thoughts about the challenges of developing a virtual co-driver that looks like a real co-driver.
When I started developing gRally and I needed to hear the pacenotes, so I started with an efficient and basic method: From the stage editor I simply put the notes in the place where I wanted to hear them.
So I tried to do the exact same things a real rally driver does with the pacenotes. Here is a good video where driver Hayden Paddon shows his style.
In gRally you basically need to do a ‘recce’ which consists off trying to drive the perfect line on a stage without steering corrections, in order to avoid coding errors.
There’s something I want to bring up… what kind of pacenotes do you like?
I’ll try to explain another way: looking at many rally car cameras, it seems the number of the pacenotes spoken by the co-driver is inversely proportional to the experience level and cleverness of the driver.
Some minor drivers want their co-drivers to tell them everything, and I wish understood how their brain processes all the information they hear. Other world rally co-drivers on the other hand only tell the basics of the turn few additiona notes.
At the moment gRally co-driver only tell the basics, ’cause we’re working hard to find the right solution/syncronicity to play the pacenotes. However, some other minor notes are very good to hear ’cause they give us the feeling of having a ‘good’ co-driver, yet reduce the essentiality of the note call. I’ll wait for your feedback…